I was reminded of this during an exercise we were doing in one of my classes where we had to interview another class member about a topic of their choice. I talked to my partner about her experience of volunteering, and I discovered that she had had an extremely traumatic experience in her past. She had used this experience as motivation to volunteer, and to strive for her career goals, so that she would be able to help people who had experienced similar things to her. I was very inspired by this story, and was reminded of how important it is to find positives in everyday life.
When you're faced with ongoing illness, it can be extremely difficult to see the positives. It is really hard. And it's okay to recognise that. But trying to find a way to discover something positive through your experience is really important. The positive will not be the same for everyone. Not everyone is destined to help others with their illness, to become a doctor or a counsellor, and that's okay. But everyone should be able to unearth something positive, whether this is in terms of career goals, inspiration for art, or motivation for exercise/sport. The possibilities are endless. So i encourage to try and see one positive thing that has been inspired by your experience of illness.
Can you see something positive that has come from your illness? What are the barriers to finding this?