Kim is chronically ill. She has been suffering from diseases including lupus and osteoarthritis for several years. You wouldn’t know this when you see her or talk to her. These illnesses are invisible to others.
Having an invisible chronic illness doesn’t mean the effects don’.t exist. Kim is in constant pain. She is exhausted most of the time. When she goes out in public for a few hours, she has to recover in bed for a significant portion of several days. Once a successful store owner, now she has had to give up the business portion of her life.
Why am I telling you Kim’s story?
If there are acceptable excuses for not giving back to others, Kim’s would be high on the list. However, she isn’t letting her illness stop her.
Kim understands the struggle a chronic illness can impose on a person and family. It impacts activities, finances, mental health, and relationships. She has read many books that have helped her tremendously. She knows these books are unreachable by many people dealing with chronic illness because they can’t afford them.
Kim purchased large quantities of two books that helped her the most. She is giving these books to doctors who can give or loan the books out to patients who need them most.
Kim identified a need and then took action to help meet that need. Giving back to help others can be that simple.
If Kim can make a difference in people’s lives, what are you capable of accomplishing? Look around you and identify needs. You won’t have to look long or hard. Take action to help meet one or more of those needs. You will be glad you did.
Did I mention that Kim is my wonderful wife?
6 thoughts on “Even Chronic Illness Didn’t Stop Her”
Roger, what a beautiful account of thinking beyond herself! You have got to be proud. It inspires me.
You and Kim never cease to inspire me. I’m so glad you’ve been part of my life. Kim is an inspiration because of her ability to reach beyond her own needs to help others.
Would she be willing to accept donations to help her buy more of the books? It’s a great way for me and others to become Everyday Givers.
This is SO inspiring. Thank you!
I am proud of Kim! It is great that her actions are inspiring others, including you. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for the kind words and for your desire to support Kim’s efforts. Yes, Kim would love for you to become a part of this important project. You (and anyone else) can send your donation to:
Arthritis Foundation, Virginia Chapter
3805 Cutshaw Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
Make a note that this is for “books for patients”. You will receieve back a receipt for tax purposes. Thank you in advance. You have made my day with your generous offer!
Kim inspires me as well. Thanks for the kind words.