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5 Unrealistic Expectations About Pacing That Can Hurt Our Health

Pacing

    By Kels Invisible-Warrior in The Mighty.   They say the key to happiness, sustaining our lifestyle and managing pain is to simply pace ourselves. We have all been in a place in our lives where pacing our actions would benefit us. Whether it be because we had the flu, were pregnant, broke a leg or we were just too stressed […]

Humans Of ME/CFS

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  By Lori J. In The Mighty.   When I developed ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), I had never heard of it. I went to a doctor, hoping to get a prescription, and I expected to be back up to full speed in a few days. But, that didn’t happen. So, over the course of the […]

Losing Myself To Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

GP

  By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   The doctor walks into the room and gives me my diagnosis – myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Finally, a name (and what a name!) to what has been happening.   A sense of relief actually washes over me. Almost a weird sense of elation. Even though I’ve just been told I […]

5 Tough Choices You Face When You’re Chronically Ill Or In Pain

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  By Toni Bernhard in The Mighty.   Having chronic pain or illness — or, as is often the case, both — is hard work. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships skillfully. This requires us to make tough choice after tough choice. Here are five […]

The Hidden Struggle Of Being Young And Chronically Ill

Nervous System

  By Bethany Freeman in The Mighty.   I’m a 19 year old university student in semester break. It’s a Saturday morning. I woke up dehydrated and nauseas, absolutely exhausted (I didn’t sleep until around 4 a.m.), sore and feeling foggy. I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling – many other young university students […]

To Those Who Think Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Is Just ‘Tiredness’

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  By Hayley Green in The Mighty.   Tiredness. Everyone gets it. That feeling you have after a long day at work, or a restless nights sleep. We can all relate to it. But myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is just when you get tired easily… isn’t it? If you have […]

When Chronic Illness Means ‘The Morning After’ Lasts A Week

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    By Kirsty Hird in The Mighty.   There was a time in my not-too-distant past (OK, it was about 17 years ago) when “the morning after the night before” meant a hangover and a trawl through the recesses of my mind in an attempt to recall the events of the previous night. Did I, once […]

What It’s Like Being Single With A Chronic Illness

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    By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   Navigating the world of dating and relationships is tough enough — add the physical and emotional demands of a chronic health condition, and keeping a relationship going can be difficult, to say the least. If you have a chronic illness and are single, you are not alone […]

The Dangers Of Pushing Yourself On The ‘Good Days’ Of Illness

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  By Caroline Christian in The Mighty.   As I waited in the examination room, my excitement grew about seeing one of the world’s leading specialists for my condition, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I had seen him six months prior and felt that we were finally ready to get down to the business of improving […]

Dealing With Anger Now That I Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Anger

    By Jamison Hill in The Mighty.   I love to break things. Yeah, I know, who doesn’t? But I get such a satisfying feeling when I break something. Maybe not a bone, or a really expensive gadget, but breaking something cheap and discardable is satisfying to me. Very satisfying! In 2011, after I was […]

My ‘New Normal’ With Illness Feels Anything But ‘Normal’

Chronic

    By Rebekah Dorr in The Mighty.   A “new normal.” We hear this phrase flow with ease off the tip of well-meaning, albeit ignorant tongues and read the quipped typing from those who hold not the faintest of clues as to what that really means. They do not know how a “new normal” is fought […]

When A Stranger Gets To Decide If You’re Disabled

Disability Dice

  By Amber Hosea in The Mighty.   No one wants to be disabled, and no one wants to go through the disability process. I stopped working two years ago and applied for disability. I worked for as long as I could and pushed myself day in and day out just to get through each work day. […]

When Emotional Situations Make My ME/CFS Symptoms Worse

Drained

    By Jamison Hill in The Mighty.   For such a long time I had no idea why emotional situations made me sick. And not just your typical exhaustion after a shouting match, but an actual ill feeling that would last long after the emotions went away. I now know one of the hallmarks […]

To The Chronically Ill Mother Who’s Afraid She’s Not ‘World’s Best Mom’

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      By Brittney Rogers in The Mighty.   If you’re a mom, your children are the ones who give you the “World’s Best Mom” title. I have 22 years of experience being the daughter of a mom with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). I can say without an ounce of doubt that her chronic illness […]

This Comic Nails The Difference Between Chronic Fatigue And Just Being ‘Tired’

ME AWARENESS

    By Laura Chamberlain in The Mighty.   In honor of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome awareness day on May 12, I thought I’d make a comic. When I decided to do this I didn’t quite realize just how long it would take and how many spoons, but hopefully it’s worth it. Introducing Maddie, a […]

The Real Difference Between ‘Mental’ Illness And ‘Physical’ Illness

Mental Health

  By Emily Wedderburn in The Mighty.   They tell me to think of mental illness like I would a broken leg or cancer. There’s no difference. Nothing to be ashamed of. And I tried to believe this while the world told me to be ashamed. Now, I have realized they are not the same. […]

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