I have a Chronic Illness, but the Illness doesn't HAVE ME.
About four years ago my body stopped behaving like the body it had been for 25 years. It started doing weird things, painful things, and unexplained things. With that my training had to change, and my powerlifting goals had to sit on the back burner. It’s a huge blow to your ego to be on track to hit a 3X bodyweight deadlift to barely lifting below your opener on the national stage.
It took me years to shift my perspective from "why the hell is my body performing so badly" to "I'm grateful I can still move around while I figure this out". And after a couple of years, I finally figured it out. I don’t have the answers or a diagnosis, but thanks to what I learned about exercise prescription, movement, and the body in DPT school, I got back on the horse and kept it moving. Three major key concepts in this tangent of a lifting journey; Keep it simple, listen to your body, adapt what you need to and accept what you have. With that, I started lifting and slowly started building again.
If you ever have trouble building spoonie friends, talk to me, I'll be right here.