Linkup Party With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice

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This month, I’ve decided to join in on the fun with Sheryl of A Chronic Voice and participate in her monthly linkup party for those of us living with chronic illness. Each month she posts five prompts, asks you to pick at least three to blog about, and sets up a link so you can share your posts. It’s a great way to meet other chronic illness bloggers and perhaps, find a new favorite blog!

Recovering

I’m finally recovering my sense of self. After a few years of living with fibromyalgia and its associated symptoms, I really started to feel that I wasn’t the same person I used to be. I had a hard time accepting my new normal, and I didn’t feel I was contributing much to society.

Slowly but surely I’ve found ways that I can make a difference even with my limitations. When we’re chronically ill sometimes it’s easier to look at what we can’t do, but when we take stock of our skills and abilities, we may find that we’re perfectly suited for things we hadn’t previously thought of.

Shopping

Most of the time I hate shopping. I do as much of it online as I can. I do try to support our local businesses as much as possible, but I just don’t have the energy to spend a lot of time in the stores.

The one exception to my shopping aversion is Christmas shopping. Although I still do quite a bit of that online too, I love to go into the stores and just wait for something to “jump out at me” and say, “I’m perfect for so-and-so.” I just love finding that special gift for those closest to me.

Enjoying

I’ve determined that this holiday season, I’m going to be intentional about enjoying everything. As I mentioned in my previous post, for the last several years the time period from the week before Thanksgiving until Christmas Day has been a rush of just “trying to get through” from one event to another. This year, although my schedule is still pretty full, I’m really taking the time to slow down and enjoy the season.

Reminiscing

At this time of year, I spend a lot of time reminiscing about Christmases past. I have so many great memories over the years. I love everything about Christmas!

Believe it or not, I can still remember the excitement of Christmas Eve when I was a child. I don’t know if I ever got a wink of sleep when we were waiting for Santa to come.

Fast forward to the Christmases when my son was a child and I was even more excited! I always wrapped his “Santa” presents in paper that was different from any other wrapping paper we had, made sure the cookies and milk were consumed during the night, and just couldn’t wait to see his excitement when he came out of his room on Christmas morning.

Preparing

Right now I’m preparing for our neighborhood Christmas party. We have wonderful neighbors, but we usually only get to see each other in passing. This is the one time of year that we all try to get together and catch up on what’s going on in everyone’s life.

Thanks for reading! If you’d like to participate, please visit A Chronic Voice for instructions. I’m sure Sheryl would love to see you!

Blessings,

~Terri

22 comments

  1. Hi Terri, thank you for joining us this month, it was really interesting to read about what you will be up to! 😊 Interesting thought on the sense of contribution part, as I’m struggling with the same issues as well! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas! xx

    1. Thanks for setting up the linkup Sheryl! I’ve been meaning to get in on it for a couple of months now, but each time the month got away from me. That’s why I decided I’d better get on it early this month.😊 I hope you have a fabulous Christmas as well! Enjoy your upcoming trip – I hope we’ll get to hear all about it.

      1. I’m intrigued by this linkup, but worry the lethal ADHD combination of overcommitting, then forgetting, means I won’t manage to follow through on the posts b/c life and diagnoses get in the way. :-p

      2. The great thing about this one is that you don’t have to participate every month. She puts up new prompts every month, but you only participate if you want to. This was my first time joining in, and I enjoyed it. If you’re interested, check out the rules on Sheryl’s blog, http://www.achronicvoice.com. Blessings to you!

  2. You’re right, living with chronic illness, at times there is a relentless battle in my mind regarding what I can no longer do and what the futures holds. I have to keep turning my thoughts back to gratitude and thankfulness. Some days I feel successful in staying focused, some days I don’t. On a positive note, my physical limitations mean I’m not out there dealing with traffic nor standing in line at store checkouts. Instead I’m enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations on everyone’s blogs!

    1. That’s such a wonderful way to look at it! Most of us have a lot to be grateful for, and although we may not be able to do all the things we could before, we may discover new talents and ways of helping. Not dealing with traffic is definitely a good thing in my book.😊 Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like your idea of being mindful of all the little moments this holiday season. Something I need to do as well. I love your nativity sets, both old and new.

    1. Thanks so much Kathy! I hope you’re able to enjoy your holiday season. I’m glad you like the nativity sets. They’re my favorite decorations, and always the first things I put up. I hope you have a joyous holiday season!

    1. It really is a great linkup. Sheryl comes up with some great prompts. I like checking out the decorations also. My husband and I plan to go out driving around next week to check out all the lights. As you said, it’s fun to look at all the decorations. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Isn’t it nice to know we have a lot of things we CAN do? It’s easy to forget that sometimes when we have limitations, but I think it’s important that we remember we’re capable of more than we think sometimes. Thanks for your comment!

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