The Guilt of Prioritizing Yourself When You’re Chronically Sick

 

Chronic Illness

 

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 always says, “Take care of your health first,” but no one ever thinks about the guilt that is attached when doing so. But, “you can’t help it,” they say. Yes, I can’t help getting sick, but could I have helped choosing to do one thing over another?

There is a judgment in my priorities, when really it is no one’s business.

So you can go out on a Saturday night but you can’t study because you are too tired? Couldn’t you have prevented that by not going out?

So you can have lunch with your friends but not make it to class?

 

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