What is a "chronic" illness? Many people believe it is all in the mind of the other person, and because they can't actually see signs like you can with someone who perhaps has cancer. There are still many people and even a few doctors still think "It's all in your head." That is so NOT a true statement.
A chronic condition has been defined as something that "is prolonged, doesn't resolve spontaneously, and is rarely ever cured completely." When you say you are doing well, that doesn't mean you are cured; instead it refers to your ability to cope and make needed adjustments. It's learning to live 'In spite of" your chronic condition. They may not be something "curable" (unless God provides you with complete healing), but they are also not deadly.
So what are some "chronic" illness's??? Well there are a few that
are most "common," such as; Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Sleep Disorders, COPD, and more. A "chronic disease is not contagious, and no the person may not "look" sick at all. That does not mean that they are not sick, or in pain, or depressed about this "new you that you have had to become." They do, however, have real feelings, still are in pain, and when family and friends act like they are "faking it" or psycho about having a chronic illness, it hurts in such a way that it makes the person who is suffering to either pull away, or go to the opposite extreme, overdoing things and pretending for the sake of others who don't believe them, that nothing is wrong, even when it truly is!!!
So what do you do? You hang on to hope, keep having faith, and concentrate on what you are able to do. You learn how to turn your life over to God's loving care and seek HIS comfort, strength and healing. You are not fibromyalgia! You are not lupus! You are not chronic fatigue! When you say these things, you aren't recognizing your God-given talents, skills, personalities, and characteristics. You need to separate your illness from whom you really are!! Remember when you attempt to hide your situation from others, in a sense you're letting them control your life and who you are at that very moment.
To read more on "Chronic Illnesses," read the book "Coping with Chronic Illness" by H. Norman Wright & Lynn Ellis