Have you ever thought about turning your pain into passion? I have. Having Epilepsy has caused me to seek out alternative treatment, learning healthy eating and physically getting fit.

I live with this daily and this is why my blog Real Simple Healthy Living for You was started.

I took my illness and chose to pursue other alternatives by keeping an open mind; however, this was not easy especially when from the old school of thought and reasoning.

All of these changes, small and positive…have had an impact on my mind, body, and spirit in a way that is transforming my belief system in regards to the old school of thought and reasoning.

For many years I suffered, not everyone understands what others and I go through with a chronic illness. I have lost count the number of times I fell, when I was not able to walk due to weak muscles, which felt like jelly, the horrible migraines, and constant sleep. I often felt like I was drunk or on drugs.

For example, one morning I was getting ready for work, had a full gran mal seizure, fell down the basement stairs (wood), and landed in the pile of garbage waiting to go outside for garbage pickup.

Embarrassed, I managed to put the garbage out, clean myself up again, with tremors still and discovered I had a golf size bump on my forehead right in plain sight. Looking in the mirror, I sighed and was disappointed for I did not look very pretty at that moment in time, then I just laughed…what else was I supposed to do?

After many years and many more falls, bumps, bruises, and short-term memory loss have taught me to embrace my illness, even though I really do not want to, and learn from it and share with others my story and why I am so passionate about being healthy, fit, and living for me.

For those of us who live with a chronic illness, we understand what we go through daily. We learn to accept our illness, and face the reality we may never be completely well again. In the meantime, we strive to live every day to the fullest good and bad days included and are thankful for the support of family and friends.

I know a couple of my friends also are living with a chronic illness and what amazes me is their passion, faith, trust and on going support from all around them that drives them to write about their illness, talk about it and share their personal stories with the world.

Always remember whatever your illness is if you have one, whether short-term or long-term, take your pain and turn it into a passion to share with the world.

Make it your legacy for future generations to teach how God uses all of us even the sick.

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