Welcome to successthang.com. My name is Kristi Patrice Carter, and I am thriving with chronic illness. For many years now, I have been fighting the life-changing battle against fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and daily migraines. I know what it feels like to wake up every day wondering if you’ll be able to get out of bed, or even make it through the day. I also know what it’s like to live in constant pain, and I know what it’s like to no longer feel like yourself.
In addition to being a wife and mother, I am also a businesswoman. I have a BA in English from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law. I lead a very busy, fulfilling life. I don’t want to miss out on spending time with my family, nor do I want to forgo accomplishing the goals I’ve set for myself. But when I was diagnosed with chronic illness, my life began to change. My passion, creativity, and positive sense of self diminished. Even though to the outside world everything appeared to be fine, I was drowning in a sea of pain, sadness, and negativity. It wasn’t until I decided that I would no longer let my illness define or control my life that the cloud begin to lift.
I started by embracing my love for writing by journaling about my day-to-day experiences, feelings, and mindset. Soon I realized that I no longer loved myself, and that all my negative self-talk was paralyzing my motivation and desire to live a fulfilling life. This was not acceptable to me. So I decided I would immerse myself in studies about the power of love. I would learn everything I could to help me make a needed change. Through these practices and studies, I began to love myself again and feel like I could accomplish all my life’s hopes, dreams, and desires.
I knew I had to share my journey and all that I had learned with others suffering with chronic illness. I wanted to coach others along their journeys and show them the tools they could use to improve their mood and overall health.
For this reason, I created successthang.com, along with my books Say Yes To Success: A Comprehensive Guide to Achieving Your Life Goals Despite Your Chronic Illness and Say No to Guilt! : The 21 Day Plan for Accepting Your Chronic Illness and Finding Inner Peace and Happiness. Through my site and books, I want to inspire you to find life outside of your chronic illness. I want you to know that you are not alone, because I have been when you are. I know how hard it is to live the life you want when you are in chronic pain, and how hard it can be for your friends and family to truly understand what you are going through.
Helping others is my passion. It motivates me to get up every morning. It’s why I push through my pain, fatigue, and other symptoms, when I would rather be in bed lying down. It’s why I believe I have this illness, so I can feel what you feel and help you become a chronic illness warrior, just like me. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I invite you to join me as I show you how to reach that light so you can live your best, most successful life.