“How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness” by Toni Bernhard.
“You’re not supposed to fall ill on a trip to Paris. You’re supposed to fall in love — if not with that special someone, then with the city itself. Unfortunately, I fell ill. This was in May of 2001, and I’m still sick. A seemingly harmless viral infection compromised my immune system and turned into a chronic illness that keeps me mostly housebound and often bedbound. It felt as if my life had been turned upside down. I was supposed to be in the classroom; instead, I was in the bedroom. I was supposed to be active in my community; instead, I rarely left the house. I was supposed to be spending time with my newborn grandchild; instead, I rarely saw her… “ –from page 1 of ” How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness” by Toni Bernhard.