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Keeping secrets

I’ve never been especially social, but I’ll admit my energy for socializing took a nosedive after I was diagnosed with leukemia.  I find it especially draining to be with people I haven’t met before.   506 more words

Chronic Illness

Jealous Joy - My Messy Beautiful

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Why the shame with chronic pain, anyway?

On Shame

The nature of chronic pain is a camouflaged illness. Chronic pain patients don’t look “sick” and; therefore, they encounter disbelief, suspicion, and stigma from others placing the burden of proof on the person experiencing pain. 799 more words

Chronic Pain

Life-tracking chart

I’m using a chart I made with a list of categories to try to get a handle on energy output, what I do, how it affects me, etc – and I thought the chart might be useful for others. 662 more words




Swift like thieves in the night,

I don’t know if I can endure this fight

You have to keep going they all say,

But it’s not their life that changed that day. 107 more words

Chronic Illness

Here's Coping: Bipolar vs. Diabetes

Thinking of Bipolar Disorder as “Diabetes-of-the-brain”

Each year at my physical, my GP doc says it: even when I’m struggling, I’m one of the most self-aware bipolar patients she’s known. 776 more words


Excursion, and it was HARD

I wish I could report I’m doing better, but I’m still having a lot of trouble using my arms and legs, and I’m in bed most of the time. 569 more words

Chronic Illness