How Do I Explain Illness To My Young Child

I understand my 5-year-old’s frustration that mommy can’t play all the time, but how do I explain to him so that he can understand what I go through some days (which seem to be more days than less these days)?

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Rest Ministries

Rest Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit Christian organization that exists to serve people who live with chronic illness or pain, and their families, by providing spiritual, emotional, relational, and practical support through a variety of programs and resources.

Rest Ministries is also the founder and sponsor of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, which takes place next week (September 14-18).

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  1. Moira says:

    I have had my illness the whole time I have had my stepdaughter. When her mother asked her what I was like, she once commented that I was “a sleepy lady” that almost broke my heart. As she’s grown up she has become more understanding, she still steps on my feet and climbs me like a tree but she does understand that Dad is better at running around and I’m better for cuddling up to for stories.

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