what is a chronic illness goddess?
- knows that she is meant for so much more than just the suffering
- desires to have an impact on the world by helping other people
- desires to love herself and her body
- seeks answers to deep questions like, “what is my purpose?”
- is drawn to exploring spirituality, intuition, and self-love
- comes alive inside of a supportive community
- isn’t afraid to explore the darkness and confront her fears and blocks
- desires freedom of body, mind, soul, money, relationships, and so much more
- is willing to step outside of her comfort zone with time, love, and support
- is not perfect!
- does not do all of these things 100% (or even 90%, 80%, or 70%), but she constantly strives to do her best
- recognizes that she is here on this earth for a reason, and she is willing to do the work that it takes to figure that out and fulfill her purpose
- is willing to sit with the darkness AND the light to learn the lessons that are inside of both
chronic illness isn't always visible
Are you one of the millions of women living with a chronic illness?
You’re not alone.
Multiple sources show that as many as 96% of people living with a chronic condition have an invisible illness. A majority of those people are under the age of 64. And a majority of those people are women.
These are just statistics; they are important and valuable, but they do not tell the whole story.
If you’re one of these young women living with an invisible chronic illness like Fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Lyme’s Disease, POTS, Lupus, Sjorgren’s, RA, or any other number of conditions that cause you chronic pain, fatigue, dizziness, GI problems, mental health issues, or autoimmune symptoms, you know the struggle. And you are not alone.
Chronic illness is pervasive. It can come out of nowhere and weave its way into every aspect of our lives. It is not just a physical problem!
Can you relate to any of the following?
- You feel broken and incomplete, like your physical symptoms make you less than whole
- You struggle with taking 2 steps forward only to take (at least) 1 step back
- You don’t like (or may even hate) what you see in the mirror
- You feel like you can’t keep up with the flow of everyday life
- You experience things like brain fog or trouble doing “simple” tasks you used to be able to do easily
- You have a voice in your head that tells you you aren’t good enough, can’t do certain things, or aren’t worthy of love and success quite often
- You feel detached from your desires and dreams
- You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you feel out of alignment on a deep level
- You struggle to come up with an answer for questions like “what do you like to do?” or “what’s meaningful to you?”
- You feel stuck in a cycle of ups and downs
- You experience the symptoms of depression and/or anxiety
- You have a lot of untapped emotions; you’re afraid that if you opened up the floodgate, tears and fears would never stop
- You feel like you have to compromise and juggle because you can’t have it all
- You feel guilty for not being a “good enough” daughter, friend, sister, or wife
- You struggle to find people who really “get it” and understand what you’re going through
career & purpose
- You feel like you’re behind on the timeline of where you really want to be
- You deeply desire to have an impact on the world, but you don’t know what that looks like
- You want to help others and do meaningful work, but struggle to even help yourself
- You struggle with not being able to trust yourself or something bigger than yourself
- You feel deeply afraid of life and of what the future holds
- You know on some level that things happen for a reason, but aren’t quite sure how that plays out in your life yet
- You can put things, people, experiences, and meaningful activities in “before my diagnosis” and “after my diagnosis” boxes
- You plan your life around symptoms, doctors, appointments, and more
If chronic illnesses affect every area of our lives...
…Why do we usually only address the physical aspects?
What if we approach healing in a holistic way? Attending to ALL areas of our lives with equal time and care?
What could shift if we opt out of the system and the mindset that tells us we have to feel bad about our pain?
What if we choose, instead, to feel GOOD?
What is possible if we step into the role of creating our own life and writing our own story?
What kind of impact could we make on the world if we use our pain and experiences for good?
How could things shift if we allow ourselves to welcome the pain?
Where could we go if we believe that we are limitless beings, regardless of our chronic illnesses?
I created Desirous StoryTM to explore these (and many more) questions.
I’m Alyson Stanton, an Occupational Therapist, Empowerment Coach, and Chronic Illness Goddess.
It is my mission to help as many women as possible wake up to their true power and light in the midst of incredible darkness.
What is possible for you when you begin to discover your desires, write your story, and shine your light?
how we serve chronic illness goddesses
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