Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness

Forget about your romantic status for a sec. Regardless of whether you’re happily paired or single and looking, we want to take a moment this Valentine’s Day season to acknowledge the roller coaster of emotions that people living with chronic illness face every day. On good days — or weeks, or months — there can be bursts of positivity: confidence, gratitude, relief, excitement, contentment, love. But more often than not, there’s a steady drumbeat of feelings of guilt, self doubt, anxiety, fear, loneliness, sadness, anger, defeat, frustration, loss. 

It’s so easy to bury the negative emotions or feel as though you don’t have a place or a community to share them with without sounding like a Debbie Downer or a chronic complainer. That’s what sparked this idea: to ask our CreakyJoints community for the messages of encouragement for each other that they wish they could put on a candy conversation heart. 

The responses were bountiful and beautiful. We curated 29 of our favorites into this list — one for each day of February this year — to give you a monthlong warm hug of love and support. We get you. You’re not alone.  We’re always here.

I Believe You

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness I Believe You

Breathe

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Breathe

Feel Peace

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Feel Peace

Just Keep Going

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Just Keep Going

More Than a Patient

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness More Than a Patient

You’re Not Alone

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness You're Not Alone

Rest

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Rest

Support Each Other

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Support Each Other

Rest Some More

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Rest Some More

Motion Is Lotion

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Motion Is Lotion

Nap Time

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Nap Time

I Can

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness I Can

Gentle Hugs

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Gentle Hugs

Ice Pack

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Ice Pack

Cure Me

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Cure Me

Call Me

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Call Me

Walk

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Walk

New Paths

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness New Paths

Keep Fighting

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Keep Fighting

Listen to Your Body

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Listen to Your Body

You Got This

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness You Got This

Take Your Time

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Take Your Time

Speak Kindness

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Speak Kindness

Hydrate

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Hydrate

Stretch

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Stretch

You Are Brave

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness You Are Brave

I See You

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness I See You

This Too Shall Pass

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness This Too Shall Pass

Prioritize

Conversation Hearts for Chronic Illness Prioritize

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