* 1. I am not to blame for my illness. But I am responsible for taking care of/ getting care for myself.

* 2. I was not singled out for punishment. Bad things happen to good people.

* 3. I have choices. Mainstream and alternative treatments- and choices within those choices.

* 4. I keep my own medical records. I track my symptoms, medications, and progress. I share this with my doctors, healers, and caregivers.

* 5. I am not alone. There are people who understand exactly what I'm going through.

* 6. I am not imagining my illness. It may be invisible, but it is real.

* 7. I participate in my well-being. My doctors/ healers and I are partners. I take part in all decisions about my health.

* 8. It’s OK to say no. To a medication, tests, annoying people, people wanting favors.

* 9. It’s OK to say yes- especially to offers for help. Allowing others to help makes them feel useful.

* 10. I love to laugh. If not about my problems, then at a funny movie or a sitcom, or comic books, or mad-libs, or whatever tickles my funny bone.

* 11. I have something to live for. I have things I am genuinely looking forward to.

* 12. I share my deepest feelings only with those I trust completely. Not everyone deserves to be honored with the sharing of my heart.

* 13. I spend time with my family and my pets. Hugging my child and loving on my pets is good for my soul.

* 14. I choose to say I have chronic illness, not that I am (insert the chronic illness here). It is so important that I, and those who share my journey, understand my life is not just my chronic illness, but a part of it.

* 15. I allow myself to rest. Some days that means a nap. Some days that means a really long nap.

* 16. I drink filtered water daily.

* 17. I give all my doctors a picture of myself happy and healthy, and smiling. So they can imagine me in a different light, not just in crisis mode.

* 18. I have goals. I make active and realistic plans to work on them regularly, as I am able.

* 19. I choose which thoughts I give the most attention to.

* 20. I eat vegetables every day.

* 21. I schedule one fun thing/ pleasant get-together a week with people I enjoy being around.

* 22. I read and think about wellness, not just about disease.

* 23. I relax regularly, through stretching, deep breathing, massage, yoga, or meditation.

* 24. I respect my limitations but focus on my abilities.

* 25. I dare to dream, to hope, to believe, that wholeness, healing and serenity are possible.

* 26. God (or universe), grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

* 27. I read and watch stories of hope, love and overcoming obstacles.

* 28. I try stuff. I see what works. I keep what does, toss what doesn’t.

* 29. I am not my body. I am not a disease. I am a soul with great worth. I have value.

* 30. I accept the diagnosis, but not necessarily the prognosis. Some people beat the odds.

* 31. Illness is not my whole life. I have pleasant, meaningful pastimes.

* 32. In my progress, I measure myself only against myself, not against anyone else.

* 33. I love and accept myself. I am my own best friend. My self-talk is kind and understanding.

* 34. I choose how I talk about my illness. I am not a victim. I’m just a person with a problem, and everyone has problems.

* 35. My illness is not everyone’s business. I choose how much to divulge and to whom.

* 36. I surround myself with supportive people, online and in person.

* 37. I embrace the chance to help someone else in a similar position, offering my experience, strength and hope.

* 38. The unpleasant things other people do or say have no power to destroy my peace of mind or ruin my day unless I allow it. (Gladys Wiley)

* 39. This too will pass-the good and the bad.

* 40. I love myself as I would love another.

* 41. I find a balance between resting and doing the things I need and want to do.

* 42. I bring a list of questions and any medication refills I need to my doctor appointments, in order to make the most of the appointment.

* 43. I bring something to do/ read to my doctor appointments, in case there is a long wait.

* 44. I realize that it is natural and healthy to mourn sometimes. I am able to honestly share my struggles with others.

* 45. There are days and weeks I may not meet even my most basic goals. In those times I treat myself with compassion, not guilt or judgment;

* 46. I congratulate and appreciate myself for whatever I do accomplish, whether it's a shower when in pain/exhausted or making a phone call when feeling brain-foggy.

* 47. Never let your body rule your mind

* 48. I don't let the doctors or the numbers tell me how to feel.

* 49. Within every adversity lies a slumbering possibility.

* 50. When I make a list of things I'm grateful for, it lifts my mood.

* 51. I have some tips to add to the list! {Please type them in below!}

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