Last night Cody and I were having dinner with my mom when I started having chest pain. This is a fairly normal occurrence, so I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately, it started to increase at a rapid rate, more so than normal. At a certain point I knew we would end up in the ER, so we left dinner and drove over.
I wanted to share a post with you that is a little more open than previous posts. It’s taken me close to two years to write about this topic and I think it’s finally time.
As a preface to this new series, I would like to say that I am not writing these posts for pity, sympathy, or attention. Not to sound harsh or ungrateful, but I really don’t need or want it. I wanted to start this series to help people much like myself, that one day found their entire world turned upside down without any clue of what it all meant. And let’s be real, those forums and outdated databases are horrible to read through!
What is a chronic illness? I’ll save you the time of looking it up because Google basically has a ton of definitions all saying that it is an illness or condition that is long-lasting. It can often be controlled, but cannot be cured. Chronic illnesses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are worse than others, some people are affected worse than others, but they usually all suck no matter the severity. I have an auto immune disease, which basically means my immune system attacks my healthy, good guy cells. Not cool immune system!
You’ll notice I joke about it a lot and try to make light of the serious situations because there’s not much else to do at this point, and I definitely don’t plan on feeling sorry for myself. I know just how lucky I am and that people out there have it so much worse than I do. I admire and applaud every single person fighting any form of illness because man, it’s not easy sometimes!
I don’t define myself as someone who is chronically ill (and I don’t like/use the term “spoonie”), instead, I am just a regular person like everyone else that happens to also have a chronic illness. I’m one of those lucky people (that was sarcasm) that is undiagnosed. So basically, they still have no idea what is wrong with me. I know there are a lot of you out there just like me, and boy, it’s a lonely road to travel if you don’t have people you can talk to about it.
I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ll be sharing a condensed version of my story next week to get you up to speed, then we will start with the good stuff: tips, tricks, and more on life with chronic illness. I think this will be a fun series, and I hope it helps some of you!
I would love to meet anyone going through something similar. Introduce yourself below and feel free to share your story! If you’re like I was for a long time, and aren’t ready for the whole world to know, my inbox is always open!
If it’s not your cup of tea (or coffee), I totally get it. I’ll still have just as many regular posts on here as I always have so keep your eye out for those!
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