"A waiting person is a patient person." - Henri J.M. Nouwen
Argh! Have you ever felt impatient at a red light, or irritated by the appearance of a flare up? You're not alone.
Patience can feel scarce when you don't have control over a situation. It can feel like hidradenitis suppurativa interrupts your life and brings a slew of frustrations at the worst moments. Finding a tiny bit of control can bring us patience later.
Control might look like self-care: a walk around the block, getting up early for 15 minutes of alone time, spending time each week encouraging others who have HS or starting a gratitude journal. Don't let anyone (including yourself!) make you feel guilty for taking care of yourself.
Here are some conversations about patience on myHSteam:
"I wish for all speedy recovery and wish that it never acts out against everybody again. Let's all stand together against HS."
"I am feeling good, but also know this disease can flare at any time. I am making the most of the good days!"
"It's easier for me to deal with my illness when I forget that I'm the one who actually has it."
Have you found ways to take back control and practice patience? What do you do to be more open to self-care? Share your insights in the comments below or directly on myHSteam.