ILLNESS & Physical Complaints

I haven’t been doing much in the line of writing and especially scrapbooking lately; for quite a while actually. I have Lupus or SLE. That and my husband’s illnesses seem to have been taking up quite a bit of space in my life. 

When Spring arrived this year, all I wanted to do was get some yard work done and make it look like a place where there wasn’t a crazy cat lady. We have 2 medium to large dogs, requiring a beware of dogs sign, but there’s not much I can do about that. They just don’t make signs that say, Please don’t let our dogs out” or “Their bark is much worse than their bite.” 

With the irony that seems to be so much a part of my life, all of that being out of doors began to make my Lupus flare up. I became ill and have had pretty bad rashes most of the Spring and Summer. I had to start hiring out part of the work outdoors to get it accomplished. And the coveted shady spot/patio I wanted around on the side yard, hasn’t gotten much use. Every time I get outside, I have another flare up. Que Sera Sera.

One thing I have learned is what family and friends truly are. The word for all others is pseudo. 

As of late, I am feeling compelled to write again, and since I have a terrible rash and have also recently started back on Lupus medications, I thought I would include some quotes about illness in this post.

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.”
― Kay Redfield JamisonAn Unquiet Mind


“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”
― Goldie Hawn

“Whatever condition we are in, we must always do what we want to do, and if we want to go on a journey, then we must do so and not worry about our condition, even if it’s the worst possible condition, because, if it is, we’re finished anyway, whether we go on the journey or not, and it’s better to die having made the journey we’re been longing for than to be stifled by our longing.”
― Thomas BernhardConcrete

A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.

Jonathan Davis

Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.

Nelson Mandela

This one cracks me up every time I read it. I’m pretty sure that everyone I know is a little off.

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.

Rita Mae Brown
Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.
Saint Ignatius
Scientists have demonstrated that dramatic, positive changes can occur in our lives as a direct result of facing an extreme challenge – whether it’s coping with a serious illness, daring to quit smoking, or dealing with depression. Researchers call this ‘post-traumatic growth.’

Jane McGonigal

I believe I am going through Post Traumatic Growth. I just didn’t have a name for it.

My illness has taught me something about the nature of humanity, love, brotherhood and relationships that I never understood, and probably never would have. So, from that standpoint, there is some truth and good in everything.

Lee Atwater

Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse.

Regina Brett

I saw this one on Pinterest. It pretty much sums me up.


Yes, I pray that God removes my pain one day…But even more than that, I pray for the strength
to endure it, the grace to benefit from it, and the willingness to let God use it however
He sees fit in order to bring Glory to His perfect kingdom.

Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. –Anonymous
“Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”–Bruce Lee
When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments
you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up
to you. Encouragement should come from the inside. –Joel Osteen
I have very little trouble with that , due in part to being a very introspective and introverted person. It’s also due in part to my father telling me, that nobody was better than me, they all put their pants on one leg at a time. And teaching me that God has a plan and a purpose for each of us before we are even born.
“The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.”
–Norman Cousins“Sickness shows us what we are”–Latin Proverb“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”
“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.” ~ Maya Angelou”Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” ~ Lord Byron”Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy.” ~ Tim Hansel

“The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.”

“Every time you find some humor in a difficult situation, you win.”

The day I lose my sense of humor, pick out my coffin.

“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” ~ “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

“Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name. ” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson (who himself suffered with poor health)

“I made it! …out of bed today.” 😉


WordPress seems to be causing some formatting issues with the spacing between these quotes, but I’m just going to roll with it.