Learning Patience Is a Process

Learning Patience Is a Process
Through the Fog With fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses, we need to be patient with ourselves. So often, we get frustrated about the things we can't get done. But we need to learn to say to ourselves, “That's OK. You're doing the best you can.” One of the definitions of patience I like is, “steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.” Before fibromyalgia, I was a very impatient person. I yelled at other drivers, hated to wait in line, and was basically an impulsive, rude person. Fibromyalgia has caused me to slow way down and become more patient, not only with myself but also with my family and friends as they strive to understand my situation. Fibro made me learn to play the waiting game. Waiting for a doctor's appointment, waiting to get the results of blood work or X-rays, waiting for my medications, waiting to have enough energy to do anything. The good thing about having to wait is that we learn to be more patient. It's not fun or ideal, but it's imperative to a life with chronic illness. We also need to become more patient with our bodies. They no longer respond to our internal commands. We are awake in the middle of the night instead of sleeping. We leave a half-filled grocery cart in the store because we suddenly feel ill or too tired to finish. We take a shower, and instead of feeling energized, we just feel exhausted. We can no longer stand for long periods of time to cook, so we resort
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