It can be hard to see God's hand in the pain, but with Him there is always hope. Ellie Bartone

It can be hard to see God’s hand in the pain, but with Him there is always hope. Ellie Bartone

When a person is chronically ill, they spend a large part of life sick and/or in pain. It’s the way it is – the very definition of the word chronic. It makes life a challenge. Even on better days the illness can’t be ignored. There’s always medications to take. We’ve got to try and keep those symptoms at bay.


Faith is key. For everyone, not only the chronically ill. How hard it must be to get through life without God! Here are some tips on fighting the battle without losing hold of your faith, because sometimes it’s possible to lose sight of God in the hard times.

  1. STAY CENTERED. Stay as on top of the game as much as possible: eat right, try to get enough sleep, and keep track of medications. Do your best to take care of yourself. And don’t forget prayer!

  2. STAY CONNECTED. Tell your doctors what’s going on. It’s the only way to get the needed answers. Your doctors can’t help if you withhold information.
  3. STAY SUPPORTED. Family and friends are the best way to get through the bad times. They most likely want to help.
  4. STAY IN CHARGE. It may feel like absolutely nothing is the way it should be. Illness can do that. It takes over everything if allowed. Control what you can. Decide what matters most to you and make it a priority.
  5. STAY HOPEFUL. It’s not hard to see how things could feel unbearable. The future is even more uncertain for the chronically ill than it is for others. When hope is lost, misery takes over, and that makes everything worse, including illness.

It can be hard to see God’s hand in the pain, but with Him there is always hope. We must hold on to faith, even in the hardest of times. We need God in everything. Stay strong and reach for wellness, and please, don’t forget your prayers!

Read other posts by Ellie:  A Secret – Painful Thoughts of Suicide and What’s In My Bag.

Ellie Bartone

Ellie Bartone

Ellie is a cashier, freelance writer, and blogger from South Carolina. Her favorite things are her family, friends, writing, cats, and many crafty pursuits. As a child, ELLIE was on a local TV kids show. She told the host that she wanted to be a butterfly or a writer when she grew up. As an adult, she’s glad she’s not a butterfly.

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