When positivity undermines connection

Positivity harms many with chronic illnesses because it can deny people their experience. A quick scroll through my friends' social media accounts reveals meme after meme decrying "toxic positivity" - a form of gaslighting involving dismissing and invalidating genuine emotions. Looking on the bright side and focusing on the positive may be helpful in some … Continue reading When positivity undermines connection

Balancing hope and acceptance with a chronic illness

Finding acceptance while holding on to hope with a chronic illness is like walking a tightrope, especially as the years grind on. Hope is a vital life force that propels us, whereas acceptance allows us to discover new ways of living within the moment. Clearly hope and acceptance are not mutually exclusive, but over time … Continue reading Balancing hope and acceptance with a chronic illness