Day 267 – Letting go

Art Apple - Day Two Hundred Sixty SevenAll the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. – Henry Ellis

When people suffer from a chronic disease that causes pain like Ankylosing Spondylitis, we are very often given advice from people about how we can be cured. I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating this can be. If I only ate the right diet, took the little known herb, or simply stretched and did yoga daily – well then my AS would vanish huh? If it were only that simple.

I do believe there are a lot of small things that can add up to feeling a tiny bit better – not cures – but little things that when added up make the pain subside some. I eat healthy including… apples! I ask others what works for them and listen to suggestions, and I look for ways to reduce stress. The worst kind of stress for me is emotional stress – it has been a difficult thing to recognize and acknowledge but it is very true so I try very hard to minimize it.

I found this article that has a list of some ways we can “let go” – if by doing so we can feel less pain – no matter which kind, it might be worth a read through. I was a great reminder for me to let go in order to hold on to my health. I hope you find some value in it too.

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 267 was created in acrylic paints.

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Comments 5

  1. stargardener wrote:

    Jenna: Another {favorite} post! Your words express so much of what anyone dealing with chronic illness faces. It is as though the words of others and the process of letting go/doing what we can {as much as that is even possible} becomes an additional “chronic challenge” …

    It is a delicate balance to accomplish acceptance and perseverance at the same time. Grateful for support and understanding friends. ~Hugs

    Posted 24 Jun 2011 at 10:10 pm
  2. Jenna wrote:

    Teresa,
    You are amazing and I am so blessed to have you in my life and on this journey.
    xox
    Jenna

    Posted 07 Jul 2011 at 7:08 am
  3. Vic wrote:

    I especially like #9 in that list and try and practice it daily.

    9. Focus all your energy on something you can actually control, instead of dwelling on things you can’t.

    Posted 27 Jun 2011 at 7:52 am
  4. Felicia Fibro wrote:

    It is very frustrating with others have simple solutions to a complex pain conditions! Thanks for sharing that article, it is a good one! (matches your apple!)

    Posted 27 Jun 2011 at 10:20 pm
  5. Jenna wrote:

    So true. And I love this article – very good reminders and suggestions.

    Posted 07 Jul 2011 at 7:04 am

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