Life can get out of balance pretty quickly. When you have a chronic illness, that balance can be even more difficult to maintain. It is one more demand upon our limited time and energy. I know from personal experience, my life is often just a form of controlled chaos. It doesn't help that I'm a recovering Type-A personality! Maintaining balance in life is like driving a car. If you aren't regularly checking your tire pressure, you may end up with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere.