As chronically sick people, we often hear about how people should be friends to us or how we have lost friends due to illness. While this is important, I think it’s important to acknowledge the other side of the coin; what is it like to befriend someone who is nearly always sick? I know forContinue reading “Being a Friend When You’re Chronically Ill.”
Prior to falling ill, I had a fairly stellar physique. I worked out daily, completed all of p90x (an intense workout program,) and I ate extremely well because I had the energy and means to do so. I worked at my job frequently and supported myself financially. About four and a half years ago, myContinue reading “The Blog Post I’ve Dread: My Weight Gain & Falling Ill.”
Navigating the world when you’re chronically ill is an incomprehensible challenge until you’re met with it personally. I’ve been sick for four and a half years and still struggle with aspects of my illnesses. For some background, I am diagnosed with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome,) fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, reflux disease with barretts esophagus, hypersomnia,Continue reading “Confusing Parts of Being Chronically Sick.”
Navigating chronic illness is a challenge in so many ways. Sometimes I forget it can be hard on my loved ones, too. If you want to be a supportive friend to your chronically sick friend, here are my personal tips. 1. Always validate their feelings and symptoms. You don’t have to know what to sayContinue reading “How To Help Your Chronically Ill Friend.”
A few ways I cope with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.
When facing chronic illness, there are often periods of times where symptoms are exacerbated. This is referred to as a “flare.” Flares can be brought on by things like stress, weather shifts, new medications, medical procedures, overexertion, and well, sometimes they just happen. As you can see, or may know firsthand, flares are not alwaysContinue reading “How I Find Myself Amidst a Flare.”