5 Things That Keep Me Sane

Having a chronic illness is hard. So is having it while trying to raise a baby.
In addition to coping methods and lifestyle changes, the following things help keep me going:

  1. A close family. We’re all pretty close, but my sister and second brother, Luke, are my best friends. My mum helps me with the baby often and Luke keeps me company a lot. My other two brothers will often watch the baby so I can go for coffee with mum and Luke. My dad also regularly calls to see how we’re doing. If I need them, I know they’ll be there.
  2. My faith. I know there’s Someone bigger than me keeping everything together, so I don’t have to. Prayer, hope and grace are super important mechanisms I use to cope.
  3. Reading. I love to read. It’s my favourite. I usually read a few books at a time, have multiple requests with the library and a giant to read list on Good reads. Getting lost in a good book with a hot coffee is perfection.
  4. Passion. I am passionate about many things. This keeps me putting one foot in front of the other. Currently I’m in love with scrapbooking my baby’s first year and our wedding.
  5. My husband, baby and dog -my little family. They are why I am so fixated on trying to be well, why I push myself, why I smile every day.IMG_20141029_141835-EFFECTS
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