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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

This essay and I are part of the Messy, Beautiful Warrior Project — To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE! And to learn about the New York Times Bestselling Memoir Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, just released in paperback,  1,026 more words

Fibromyalgia

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

Disability

Theives

Thieves

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

Bipolar

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