If we don’t say it hurts: It hurts!
If we say it does hurt: It really forking hurts!
No chronic pain doesn’t make your occasional aches and pains less valid!
But your occasional aches and pains don’t magically grant you understanding of what I feel everyday!
It’s okay to have moments when you grieve the loss of the old healthier you!
Myth: You can see when someone is in pain!
Fact: Chronic pain patients hide their pain so well that you would never know they’re really suffering!
One of the most frustrating thing about chronic pain is that you can do right and still be sick!
I am constantly torn between “I have things that need to be done and can’t let this illness run my life” and “I have to listen to my body and rest!”
I often feel a lot of pressure to show up to parties and events even when I feel absolutely terrible!
The unpredictability of being chronically ill makes staying on a schedule difficult!
Things my chronic illness sometime stops me from doing….
- Getting out of bed!
- Going out with family/friends!
- Having fun!
- Working/house work!