Life with a chronic illness or disability is hard– hell, life alone is hard, and those of us with pain are carrying a heavier load than most. I think most wisdom comes from experience: the best quotes about chronic pain, disability and mental health come from those living with them day in and day out.
It’s Not Easy To Find A Quote about Disability That’s Inspiring Without Being Saccharine
Do I need inspiration and motivation as much as the next girl? Sure. But a lot of the “inspirational’ quotes about chronic pain and mental health challenges are too sweet or too sappy to be helpful for my sarcastic, sardonic self. So this year, when I see the rare quote about disability that really resonates with me, I’ve decided I’m going to make a graphic for it so I don’t forget. I’ll keep updating as I find more quotes about chronic pain (etc etc) that are encouraging without being… too much.
Scroll down for info on where these came from, who said them, and pinnable full-size versions of them all. (And here are the static versions of these pins) Please share them with whoever you think they might help and post them wherever they might do some good.
A Fabulous Female With Fibromyalgia: “Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.”
If you’re talking about famous women who are complete badasses while still dealing with health shit, Lady Gaga ought to be near the top of your list! In an earlier Vogue cover article about her life, she opened up about her struggles with invisible illness and chronic pain. She then had this to say about life with fibromyalgia:
Why not check out her “Born This Way” Foundation“? They work “with and for young people to build the kinder, braver world we know is possible.”
Selma Blair: Cool Canes & Spectacular Support
Selma Blair has been a huge inspiration to me in how openly and honestly she has dealt with the challenges of her multiple sclerosis. (I actually wrote an entire post about how frickin’ amazing she is– check it out!) This quote comes from her very first instagram post about her diagnosis.
Bukowski on Persevering Despite the Pain: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”
Or limp, or roll, or stumble. Doesn’t matter how you manage to get through, as long as you do. This is another one of those “nobody who hasn’t been there is going to truly understand.” And that’s OK.
That’s the title of the blog post this quote is from, written by a British psychologist with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder). It’s great: after you finish this, you should go read the whole thing. There are easily half a dozen other quotes I could have pulled (and may still someday!) If I had found a psych person like her early on, it would have made so much difference.
Grieving the past, looking to the future: “I’m looking for new experiences I don’t need to heal from.”
It’s been a hard couple of years for us all. This quote is from a self-described “Nigerian wordsmith”: check out her website! Hoo boy do I feel this one.
Sweet, Sweet Rest: “There is a time for many words, and there is a time for sleep.”
And finally, it’s time to rest. Take a sec to check out my “sleep hygiene for chronic pain” article. Then download the free sleep routine printables some of the tips and tricks in there to get you some healthy, healing sleep. Because as ol’ Homer says:
In conclusion: sometimes it’s a struggle to get through the damn day. We have to take time to grieve the person we used to be while struggling to find out who we are now.
Each of us does what we have to to walk through the fire. We may be alone in our pain, but sharing those experiences makes them more bearable.
Here are non-animated options of these quotes. They’re ready to be pinned, printed or just saved for when you need a little wisdom someday.
Want even more wisdom and inspiration? Check out the links above and quotes below: these are from my “Best Quotes About Self Care: Self Care Quotes about Invisible Illness & Chronic Pain” page, and there’s a brand new post of 10 inspirational quotes about chronic pain and joy to motivate you, finding the good among the pain and persevering through the hard times.