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The Power of Aiming for Progress, Not Perfection, in Life With Chronic Illness

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If you’re living with a health condition, you may constantly hear about the importance of “progress over perfection” — to the point where it may even feel cliché.

But if you constantly worry that you’re not doing enough in life with your condition, compare yourself against your able-bodied friends, or strive for perfection in every area of your life, noticing and celebrating your progress can help you more fully accept yourself and your capabilities.

Life with a health condition can be messy and unpredictable — which can make perfection a tempting but impossible goal. When your health rapidly changes from your “baseline” to a “hard day” to “feeling your best,” you may want to hold onto those “good days” for as long as you can and try to

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