10 Things You Don't See with Chronic Illness

10 Things You Don’t Always See with Chronic Illness

Chronic illness isn’t new to me. I grew up with an incredibly strong mother living with Lupus/Fibromyalgia/Arthritis. She even had both hips replaced at the same time! I know, what a badass right? One of the earliest memories I have, is trying to swing from my mom’s bed trapeze (the aid to help her sit up in bed). And quickly being told, sternly, that it was not a toy πŸ˜›. As a child, I saw glimpses of strength and resilience whenever my mom would walk without an aid, or walk instead of using a wheelchair at an amusement park. I saw my mom have good days and very bad days and because of that, I believe it contributed to developing the strong empathy I have towards others today.

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12 things to do instead of watching Netflix when you have a Chronic Illness.

I’ve become quite the couch potato since getting diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia. Some days, it is all I’m capable of doing. However, there are some days and even parts of the day, I know I’m doing it out of pure routine and habit. There have been too many times lately that I’m stuck staring at the Netflix screen, flipping through the selection and realizing I’ve run out of options. Because of this, I thought I’d share with you some alternatives to fill your day other than a Netflix binge, that won’t require much physical exertion.

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Stop Should-ing On Yourself

Sometimes, I think I shouldn’t find being sick so hard.

I tell myself, to ‘get it together. You aren’t doing this alone. You have a great supportive boyfriend, family and friends (and now all of you online warriors! πŸ‘‹πŸ»).’ But then my thoughts begin to spiral… ‘You don’t even have the responsibility of a child to look after yet. How will you look after them when you can barely move right now? It should not be this painful to do what most people do without much thought, like taking a shower, cooking dinner, and even just walking across the room. These are some examples of thoughts running through my head. This is chronic illness. It is a total (excuse my language)…mindfuck. You’re constantly trying to talk yourself out of these negative thoughts… because they are JUST thoughts, not reality. And it is exhausting.

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