Chronic Illness

The Judgement People With Chronic Illness Face After Posting On Social Media

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  By Yvonne Evans in The Mighty.   How many of you out there have had people accuse you of faking your illness based on things you post on social media? It really can be a lose/lose situation for those of us with disabilities. If you post yourself getting out and having fun, you’re not […]

15 Secrets Of People Who Can’t Work Because Of An Illness


    By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   If you have a chronic illness, you may know what it feels like to be a “full-time patient.” Between the physical and emotional symptoms, constant doctor appointments and numerous tests and procedures (not to mention keeping track of it all), being chronically sick can become a full-time job […]

15 Truths About Your Chronically Ill Friend Who Just Texted ‘I Can’t Go’

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    From The Mighty.   It’s a text most people with chronic health challenges have sent at some point — the text that says “I’m sorry, I can’t go” when they’re invited to hang out with friends. Maybe you had a sudden flare-up of symptoms, or aren’t feeling as well as you thought you would […]

20 Things You Don’t Have To Apologize For If You’re Chronically Ill

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By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   As someone who lives with chronic health challenges, how often do you find yourself apologizing? To friends when you have to cancel plans, to your spouse because you didn’t finish the chores you meant to do or even to yourself, for getting a life-altering diagnosis? You’re not alone […]

When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don’t We ?


By Toni Bernhard J.D. in Psychology Today   Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring. I’ve learned from experience and from the thousands of people who’ve written to me that taking a “time out” by pausing to rest […]

When Your Illness Turns You Into A ‘Crier’


  By Kirsty Hird in The Mighty.   Let me start by saying that I am not, and never have been, a “crier.” OK, so I cry at funerals (but try my best to hide the tears from everyone except my husband) but other than that, I don’t generally cry. In my previous, pre-mylagic encephalomyelitis […]

Top 10 Reasons Chronic Illness Can Make Me Want to Scream !


    By Toni Bernhard in Psychology Today.   Despite the title of this piece, I cultivate not screaming. I’m trying to ride the waves of life’s disappointments and frustrations with quiet patience. That said, I have days when I want to scream “Enough is enough!” This piece is intended to be partly lighthearted and […]

Please Remember the ‘Forgotten Ones’ Who Are Sick At Home


  By Jennifer Bolton in The Mighty.   We are the forgotten ones. The ones who are housebound. The ones who need help just to sit up. The ones society doesn’t see. We are the ones trapped in our houses and behind closed doors. We are the ones articles don’t talk about but neighbors whisper about. […]

Inside The Mind Of A Chronically Ill Person Debating If They Should Post On Facebook


  By Jennifer Steidl in The Mighty.   Everyone is unique. That said, long-term illness can change a person; it can change your mind, your emotions, your perspective, your way of thinking… (to say nothing of your body). And the places in your mind that change can be impossible to perceive; what is caused by the […]

The Guilt of Prioritizing Yourself When You’re Chronically Sick

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    By Meridith O’Connor in The Conversation.   I’m in a constant state of risk, using my energy towards something with the potential to cost me other life events later. It’s a difficult balance, knowing when to push through and feel sick later, or prevent the latter by taking precautionary care of myself first. Everyone […]

28 People With Chronic Illness Explain What ‘Brain Fog’ Feels Like To Them

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  From The Mighty.   “Brain fog” is a term that often comes up when people share their experiences with chronic illness. If you don’t know what it means, you might assume it’s similar to feeling a little sleepy before your morning coffee, but its effects can extend well beyond that. Brain fog can be hard […]

I’m a Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 12 Things I Wish People Knew.

By Amy Stenehjem, M.D.

  By Amy Stenehjem, M.D. Dr. Amy Stenehjem, a physician with chronic illness, created the website Mastering Health & Happiness to help those with chronic illness navigate the often overwhelming world of healthcare. Before becoming homebound from chronic illness, Dr. Stenehjem worked as a physician caring for patients with chronic illness. Her experience, both as a physician and as a […]

8 Extraordinary Things You Need To Know About People With Chronic Illness


  By Christine Carter in The Conversation.   For those who do not have a chronic illness, I am going to share eight extraordinary things about people with chronic illness that you need to know. May this list encourage you to understand their plight and their incredible passion to live despite their struggling. May it open a […]

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