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19 Lessons My Invisible Illnesses Have Taught Me

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  By Caz in The Mighty.   Living with invisible, chronic illness can often feel like trudging through mud – an endless downward spiral of problems, regrets and maybe a sprinkle or more of resentment, too. I know I have my down days and struggles with fibromyalgia, a stoma, fatigue, pain and migraines. But it’s important to appreciate […]

The Choices You Have As A Chronic Illness Warrior

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  By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   Life is full of constant choices. Some are small and meaningless and others are life-changing. The key and beauty of it all is that there is an abundance of daily choices. Every day presents a fresh set of choices and it is up to each one of us to choose […]

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

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  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 in itself. You […]

Accepting Myself As ‘Uniquely Abled’ After Developing a Chronic Illness

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  By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   The moment I realized I was uniquely abled and not just someone with extra limitations, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I still don’t understand exactly why this was the case. I don’t define myself by these limitations. I realize there is so much more to me. […]

How I Remain An Incurable Optimist, Even With Chronic Illness

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  By Lisa Alioto in The Mighty.   I am an incurably optimistic person. That is who I am, my heart, my soul and how I eat, live and breathe. Sometimes though, life even gets to the best of us optimists and that’s OK. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to simply absorb reality in its […]

To Those With ME/CFS Who Feel Like Giving Up

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  By Sally Rudderty in The Mighty.   I’m talking to you, yes you. The person lying there in the dark. The person struggling with unbearable fatigue and pain. The person who feels like giving up. I’m talking to you (actually I’m whispering because I know noise hurts your head). And I’m telling you: Don’t give up. Not just yet. I know […]

What Acceptance Looks Like After My Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Relapsed

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  By Gemma Cresswell in The Mighty.   Years ago, I was able to confidently see the positive sides of how myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) had affected my adolescence and made me the person I’d become. Yes, it had been tough, isolating and upsetting, but being seemingly on the other side of it, I could see how […]

The Difficulty Of Living With A Fluctuating Condition

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  By Sally Rudderty in The Mighty.   I don’t know about the rest of you, but there is such a difference between my good and bad days. Yes, I pace which is the number one advice for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I pace till I’m blue in the face (not literally blue, you […]

Why I’m Thankful To Musician Stuart Murdoch For Sharing His Experiences With ME/CFS

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  By Christina Baltais in The Mighty.   Songwriter and front man of Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch, opened up about living with ME/CFS in a 2015 interview. Being a fan of the band, and having ME/CFS, this was big news for me. It meant our community welcomed a new face. A face that has a platform to […]

5 Things I Had To Let Go Of When I Stopped Working

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  By Christina Baltais in The Mighty.   When illness makes you unable to work, you learn to let go of so much more than just your job. These are the layers of letting go I experienced when I had to take a step back from the world. Each required a paradigm shift to help […]

17 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I’m Tired’

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By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   Everyone has said “I’m tired” at one point or another. But those deceptively simple words can have so many meanings. Without knowing the extent of the exhaustion someone with chronic illness is feeling when they say they’re tired, people may think your “tiredness” can be cured by a nap or early night, like theirs, not understanding […]

My Life As ‘Little Miss Brain Fog’

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    By Jane Shaw in The Mighty.   Like its name, myalgic encephalomyelitis is also rather complicated and extraordinary. The illness made Little Miss Brain Fog feel like Little Miss Dotty, Little Miss Scatterbrain, Little Miss Fickle, Little Miss Whoops, Mr. Bump, Mr. Topsy Turvey, Mr. Forgetful, Mr. Lazy, Mr. Muddle, Mr. Dizzy, Mr. […]

The Psychological Impact Of Having To Ask For Help

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    By Debbie Deboo in The Mighty.   I was diagnosed with ME 15 years ago. Before that I was a confident professional in charge of my own life and completely autonomous. When I got ill I found myself in the difficult position of having to rely on others. I could no longer go anywhere […]

What To Remember On Days Your Illness Makes You Feel Like Giving Up

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  By Sarah Waisler in The Mighty.   Dear You, You are absolutely right. This does suck, it’s not fair, you do deserve better. This is not what you had planned and you would have done more if you had been given the chance. But you weren’t given that chance and my heart breaks for you. I […]

12 Ways Teachers Can Help Their Chronically Ill Students Be Successful

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  By Katrina Pears in The Mighty.   Life has changed a lot for me over the years of having this illness. I once was top of the class. I worked hard, with lots of extra study, and got the grades I wanted. Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome meant my hours of activity every […]

5 Unrealistic Expectations About Pacing That Can Hurt Our Health

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    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

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  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

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  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 […]

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