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This episode of the podcast is dedicated to all you brave mamas who are fighting chronic illness while raising their family. Tanya Fierro is joining me on the podcast to talk about the challenges she's faced and how she's learned to navigate them. Click here to tune in!

Motherhood & Chronic Illness: A Podcast Episode with Tanya Fierro

Every time I connect with one of you fellow spoonies who’s also a momma, I am so inspired by your strength. On top of the layers of struggle that sickness brings, somehow you wonder-moms are raising your kids with so much heart and care.

You’re tackling what you can in the home. You’re showing up whenever you can for the big moments, and embracing the small ones on the daily. You are patient. You are giving. And you are rockstars.

Since I don’t have personal experience in this area, I wanted to chat with someone who could share their experience and encouragement with other parents who chronically ill. Someone who understands the unique challenges of balancing a life of pain and mothering (or fathering).

A chat with Tanya Fierro

So today, I’ve brought on Tanya Fierro to chat about her own experiences with motherhood while living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She writes over at My Fruitful Home, sharing inspiration and helpful tools for living life fully with chronic illness.

Tanya’s had her share of heartache and struggle. Her understanding of loss has been an encouragement and comfort to me as I continue to live with the memory of my own. And I know that her story will inspire and connect with so many of you, too.

So whether you’re a mom, chronically ill, or hoping for motherhood someday, or just want to listen, you are welcome to join us on our virtual couch today. I’m telling you guys: her honesty and kind heart are such a light.

You can tune in below to hear us talk about the challenges she’s faced and what she’s learned through more than 20 years of motherhood and illness.

What is one thing that helps you navigate motherhood while living with chronic illness? 

Want to connect with Tanya? You can find her on her blog and on Facebook. 🙂

 

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Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home shares how she finds encouragement through the Psalms. Living with chronic illness is no easy task and her message is one of honesty and encouragement for those seeking it in their faith.

Encouragement from the Psalms: A Guest Post by Tanya Fierro

I’m happy to introduce today’s guest blogger, Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home. On her blog she writes about family, faith and home – all through the lens of living with a chronic illness. 

Do you find there are times when no one understands what you’re going through?

Do you feel like sometimes God is silent or he doesn’t seem aware of your situation? I know I have. It’s in these times that I draw encouragement from the Psalms. They have always spoken to me in a real way. So many of them are filled with raw emotion.

When I read them I am reminded that it is OK to be real with God and to even question Him. He can take it. If David can express his emotions and he was called “A man after God’s own heart”, then we can be expressive with God too.

It’s a challenge living with a chronic illness.

It can cause anxiety, depression, and low self esteem. I know I’ve dealt with all three. One of my favorite Psalms that addresses this is Psalm 41:3 (NIV). It reads, “The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”

On some days I feel like I can barely get out of bed, so it is comforting to know that God will sustain me even when I feel like I can’t make it through another day. Can you relate?

Psalm 13:1-3 and 5-6 are also Psalms that I turn to when I am feeling discouraged and helpless:

“How long will You forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will You look the other way when I am in need? How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart? How long shall my enemy have the upper hand?

Answer me, O Lord my God; give me light in my darkness lest I die … But I will always trust in You and in Your mercy and shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because He has blessed me so richly.” (TLB)

Living a life of chronic illness can feel more than discouraging - it can feel unbearable at times. Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home has shared her thoughts on the blog regarding how she finds encouragement in the Psalms. And how you can, too.

I’ll be honest, there are some days when I feel far from God.

I long to connect with Him and I feel like I don’t hear anything. I’m so glad David didn’t hesitate to cry out to God with his true feelings, but in the end he says he will always trust in Him. Even when I have questions and wrestle with God, in the end, I too trust God with my life.

My last favorite verses in Psalms are from Psalm 6:2-3;6. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?”

Go ahead and give God everything that’s inside. Lay it before Him and be cleansed and comforted.

Do you look for encouragement from the Psalms? I would love to know which ones are your favorite.

Tanya blogs at My Fruitful Home about having an abundant life while living with a chronic illness. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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