To Those Who Say Chronically Ill People Are ‘So Lucky’ Not To Work Full-Time

Chronic Illness

 

By Alexandra Ellen in The Mighty.

 

Have you ever had the “joy” of experiencing a conversation similar to this on a Sunday afternoon?

“What time do you start work tomorrow?”

“Ummm, I don’t work on Mondays.”

“Ahhh, you’re so lucky!”

I lost count of the number of times I’ve had similar conversations. I understand that for most people, not having to work on a Monday would be a gift, a luxury. But I don’t work Mondays, nor Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. Even the days I do work are only half days. I know many people would love to work only three days a week, but not me.

Many chronic illnesses can cause chronic fatigue, pain, vertigo, nausea, migraines, weak bladder or bowel, overwhelming sadness, debilitating anxiety, low immunity and muscle weakness. On top of the symptoms there are often pharmaceutical side effects: drowsiness, memory loss, reduced cognitive ability, excessive sweating, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, trouble breathing and heart palpitations, just to name a few.

 

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