after chronic illness
can bring about some real
feelings you might not have expected
Coming out of chronic conditions brings excitement and relief. The beginning stages are pure thankfulness. As you start to maneuver normally in the world again, you remember how deep the pain actually was and wonder exactly how you made it through. It is startling to remember how much strength it took to bring you to this point. The fear of returning to it can be haunting. The feelings of sorrow, fear and sometimes depression can take over, temporarily replacing your joy.
Think of it as a PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and just part of the process. It is not different than surviving a war. Give yourself a little space to experience all the feelings that come and give them all respectful acknowledgement. While it can be shocking to see yourself change and start living in the world again, it is what is next for you.