The RELEASE: Chronic Illness Companion Part Deux | Jenngem
Not only am I celebrating with my wonderful family because it is Christmas, but guess what? My second self-published book, The Chronic Illness Companion is OUT! It was released on December 16th! It's meant to be a devotional/journal type book for those living with chronic pain. I am so excited that I wanted to share some more of it with you! These are lifted directly from the book! Check it out! Let me know what you think! If you're really interested I'll leave links at the bottom to purchase! 

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
- John Wooden

Okay, so let's talk a little bit about mistakes. Another throwback to the first installment of Positivity in Pain, I spoke about how life, in and of itself is a learning process, one that will continue up until our very last breaths. But how does one learn? Through trial and error, through making mistakes, and learning how to pick themselves up and dust themselves off and trying again. We are going to trip, we are going to stumble and we are going to fall. It happens to the best of us, even those who are not chronically ill. It is what we do with those mistakes and errors that make and shape who we are and who we will become.

Have you made mistakes? Talk about them here. This is your private place.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
- Walt Whitman

At some point in our lives, we certainly have probably had a bad experience here and there, whether it be with doctors, or friends and family that do not understand our illnesses. However, again, it comes down to a choice. We can either let it hold us back, or we can move forward with our lives, and like good ol' Walt says, let the shadows fall behind you. Be done with the past, we certainly are not going to be going back there, we are only going to be moving forward from now on. Think of it like that – forward movement, towards the sunshine, past the shadows and towards the light.

Take a moment to look around you! What do you see? The sunrise? The sunset?

    When you die, God will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you denied yourself.”
    - Roger Housden

    Now, I am not a particularly religious person, however, this quote really hit me. Normally when we die, we are taught that we will be judged for the sins that we committed, not the pleasures that we denied ourselves. But this quote says exactly that. Chronic illnesses or not, we do not need to deny ourselves pleasures in life, no matter how big or how small they may be.

    What things make you over-the-moon-super-incredible happy? What is it? Think about it if you need to. Now, when you think of it, I want you to go do it. Yes, sure, it may result in a “flare day,” or two. But think about it, that comes with living life anyway. So why deny yourself doing something fun? I am not saying to go out and overdo it and go out and incapacitate yourself. But every now and then, to do the thing that you love, won’t hurt. Well, I mean it will, but, well, you know what I mean! Live life to the fullest, and never deny yourself something that will make you happy.

    What makes YOU happy? Never deny yourself happiness!

So...what do you guys think? I would love your thoughts! Let me know in the comments! 

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