Are you living with or in spite of chronic illness?

I wrote this piece a while ago as a guest post for my good friend Katherine’s blog. It’s about one of the most basic foundations I’ve built this blog and my life on – living with instead of living in spite. 🙂

This weekend I’ll be donning my Chronic Travel Bug gear and going on a big road trip across the Southeastern United States, so if I do have time to post, it’ll be quick photo posts with in depth recaps later. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
One more announcement – if you act quickly and hop on my facebook or twitter pages, I’m running a giveaway of $5 off anything in my store! The rules are simple – comment or tweet a link. First one to make me laugh wins! Be sure to share and re-tweet!

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Allow me to introduce Rachel, my guest blogger today.  Rachel and I met through following each others blogs. Rachel blogs at DoILookSick.  I thoroughly applaud Rachel for what she is going through and all the information she shares on her blog.  I am amazed at the wonderful video clips and humor she manages to inject as well. And now I will let Rachel talk to you about chronic illness.

My name is Rachel, and I live with chronic illness. I used to live in spite of chronic illness, but as empowering as that may sound, it was actually quite detrimental to my mind, body and soul.

So what’s the difference between living with and living in spite of?

Let’s start with living in spite of. Living in spite of illness is what most of us are taught to do from a very young age, and for the most part…

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