"Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune"

When you are dealing with a serious, life-altering medical condition like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, life tends to be distilled down to what really matters. Faith, family, friends… The petty stuff fades away, ’til only that which is important remains. Your faith sustains you, you get your priorities straight, and you find out who your real friends are. Sometimes it hurts when you see the bits and pieces of your life falling to the wayside, but, the end result is, you are left with what is real. And, in that process, you come to appreciate the little things…

  • Tiny victories – a walk, a decent night’s sleep, or a full meal.
  • Going to a movie with your kid and her friend – because fun is precious when you live with a chronic illness.
  • A friend sharing information about EDS that you posted on Facebook, although you didn’t even ask them to.
  • Spending time with family, just being.
  • A few words of support, online or in person.
  • A hug. A shoulder to cry on. An ear to bend. A prayer said on your behalf.
  • The fork in the road you didn’t intend to take, but which took you where you needed to go.

Sometimes the big things in our EDS lives are overwhelming and too big to wrap our heads around. But the little things, well, they are what keep us going.

What little things have you come to appreciate?


Comments on: "It’s the little things…" (2)

  1. My little things…

    Walking up to and back from the library in beautiful weather.
    Finding a book I didn’t know I loved
    Waking up to a good day-knowing I might hurt later, but right now, at this moment, there is no pain

    (my big thing…the letter I keep in my dresser that tells my ACT score, and the acceptance letter from my first-choice college)

    • Wish I could ‘like’ comments! Being accepted to your first choice of colleges is definitely something to treasure. And your little things are treasure-worthy too!

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