As a stay at home mom, I frequently think about other moms that are in my position. It’s no secret that the stay at home parent doesn’t get enough credit. The day to day seems lost in translation to many, except the one living it. And often we need the reassurance, because as mothers – humans, we want to be seen and loved.
Whether you have Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia or any other illness that physically impairs you from feeling your best, know that you are doing your very best. I often compare myself to the wrong people, to those that don’t have physical pain and not needing to be medicated for pain relief.
As for the stay at home parent living with chronic pain though, the day to day is different and is a tiny bit more challenging. And for me, the physical pain can cause me to have self-doubt, so today, to my chronic pain brothers and sisters, I want you to know, I hear you and see you.
I want to reassure you that you are enough.
Just in case you haven’t heard it today, you did good!
You did more cleaning than your body could handle. It’s OK, not to do more, your body will thank you later.
Yes, it’s OK, the rest can wait.
You folded the laundry that had been sitting in the basket for over a week – no judgment, you did it!
You cooked a meal with love, and that’s all your family could ask for.
You’re pushing through the pain with every step you take – you’re a warrior!
Don’t be hard on yourself, you’re 1 in 1,000 uniquely designed people and not everyone will understand – and that’s OK!
Push through, shower; push through, brush your hair; push through, push through, push through.
Take a break, a much needed break.
Know that your illness doesn’t define you – you are beautiful, believe it.
You are so loved, and you are just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.
You are not alone.
Chiari sister – I see you.