Pushing Through When You Have No Energy Left

A chronic illness will drag you down. At times, you feel like a walking zombie. You have to force yourself to get out of bed and accomplish a task. It can be extremely difficult to run on no energy. Pushing through when you have no energy left is the only choice you have.

  • Getting through a day when you have no energy

When you have zero energy your body can feel like it’s completely holding you back. It’s almost impossible to get anything accomplished. What I like to do is the spoon theory. The spoon theory is a way to save energy. Each spoon represents a unit of energy and you can only use those amount of spoons for each day. If you run out, you can borrow one from another day. This really helps when it comes saving your energy and not over working yourself.

  • Don’t be afraid to take breaks

Don’t forget to take little breaks throughout the day. This will help you from not over doing it. I was afraid to take breaks in front of people for the longest time, because I tried to keep up with them. I’ve learned I cant keep up with everyone, and that’s okay. They don’t have a constant war going on in their body, you do. There’s nothing wrong with pacing yourself and taking care of your body. When you need to take a break, take a break.

  • Find motivation or inspiration to get you through the day.

When you are exhausted and hurting and you feel like you just need to give up, find motivation to keep you going. Find something or someone to inspire you. It could be your mom, a friend, a Quote, or a video; whatever you find that inspires you, let that motivation drive you. Don’t give up, and keep pushing forward. You’ve got this. ♡

An Open Letter to Lupus

Dear lupus,

You have changed my life. You turned my life, and my parents life upside down. You know, it was very hard to diagnose you. It took 2 years. That’s 24 months- 730 days- 17520 hours- 1051200 minutes- 63072000 seconds of my life spent trying to diagnose. For a while, I was in a really dark place. The darkness comes and goes, because of the trials you’ve put me through, and continue to put me through. I have been through tortuous trials to diagnose you- countless amounts of blood work, scans, hospital stays, steroids, and doctors appointments. I also had to make arduous decision to put school on hold, stop working, and quit running half marathons (which were my passion). You’ve put me through a lot, lupus. I blamed you. I blamed myself, wondering what I ever did to deserve this. You have caused so much hurt and pain in my life. There were doctors who didn’t understand what you were, so they turned me away. I have had friends and doctors who gave up on me. You tried to break me down, lupus. You took everything from me. But you know what? I am a warrior, and a survivor. I have certain friends and family who have only rallied against me. I have learned who is there for me, when I’ve needed them the most. I have a stronger bond than ever with my parents. I have discovered my passion and love for writing, which I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for you, lupus. I am stronger, because of you. At times, I feel like you have only broken me, but you’re only making me stronger. So lupus, you may have changed my life, but if I had the chance to go back and redo my life or change experiences, I wouldn’t. You have made me into the person I am today. So, I may hate you, and hate the pain you bring me- I am also very thankful for the mindset you’ve given me, the strength I’ve developed, and the bonds I have formed with those around me. I know you will be something I will forever have to deal with, I also know there are positive attributes to having you in my life. Just know, you will never break me.

Sincerely,

This lupus warrior ♡

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