When Illness Makes You Give Up The Commitments And Activities You Love



By Lexie in The Mighty.


I just made one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.

Many of you can relate to my story. I’ve seen countless doctors, integrative general practitioners, naturopaths, chiropractors, and specialists over the last few years. When they couldn’t explain my symptoms, they diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I’ve since been diagnosed with an ever-growing list of chronic illnesses, viruses, genetic mutations, and co-infections…the bottom line being, there is no magic cure for all of this.

Eight months ago, my doctor officially ran out of treatment options for the particular gene mutation that is currently causing the most drama. We had now trialled every treatment possible, with the last attempt making my hair fall out at a rather alarming rate, and it sent us firmly back to square one. With this new information, he gently told me it was time; time to give up all the activities of my full life, focusing only on work (a necessary evil) and getting better. Slowly I started saying goodbye to the things I loved, and began the painful processes of extracting myself from the various groups I volunteered with, the young women’s Bible study group I ran with my friend, my gym membership, the spontaneous beach trips, the list goes on and on.


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