Is your relationship tested by chronic illness?
My marriage certainly is…
Most people think that the meaning of “in sickness and in health” means getting cancer at the age of 80. The reality is that life doesn’t always go the way we plan.
M lived with daily chronic pain for years now, but she’s learned to minimize it. We both found what triggers chronic pain and even how to avoid it.
Chronic illness is a long-term health condition that quite often doesn’t have a cure. The most commonly known to the majority of people are diseases such as diabetes, asthma, even cancer.
These diseases have one thing in common – there is a possibility of recovery, therefore there’s hope.
We focus on two chronic illnesses that have no cure – endometriosis, and fibromyalgia.
Both are invisible and really difficult to diagnose, taking on average 8, and 5 years respectively. That leaves a lasting impact on mental health.
People with “invisible illness” experience a lot of pain, fatigue, and discomfort but their suffering isn’t often seen as real.
Millions of people who look perfectly healthy on the outside are grappling with chronic conditions that make “normal life” anything but. This is what it’s really like to have an invisible illness.
Invisible illnesses such as endometriosis, Lyme disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, CFS, or Crohn’s disease, tend to be affected more often by women than men.
There’s no medical definition to it, but invisible illnesses are diseases that affect women’s ability to live a normal life. The worst part is that you can’t see what that person is really going through.
People with these conditions often seem fine, and that creates a lot of additional challenges, like being harassed for using a handicapped parking space, for not turning up at work, or struggling to make friends who understand the effort that it takes to simply go out to dinner.
Let your story be heard!
Suffering from chronic illness is a full-time job.
The reason for this is that you must constantly assess if you’re managing your health in the best way possible.
This ongoing decision making makes up a major part of your life and turns out to be a full-time job!
There are six aspects that you continually face. There aren’t easy to manage when you are chronically ill.
You have to make tough choices between them because it’s impossible to manage all of them.
The reality of living with an invisible illness seems impossible to describe. But there is a way of doing so – put it in writing.
This is why I started this blog, to raise awareness about my wife and gazillions of other people struggling with being noticed or heard.
Sometimes it’s easier to say it with the written word.
Regardless of chronic illness, either physical or mental, people don’t believe something they cannot see.
While they can never truly understand the day-to-day struggles of a person with an invisible illness, you can show them by writing your heart out!
It will help to open their eyes to what you are going through.
Worry Head is a safe place to express your thoughts, regardless of who you are.
Besides, writing is medicine for your mind. Whenever you feel exhausted mentally or emotionally, writing things down will help you structure your thoughts and bring peace to your mind.
Plus, many therapists recommend investing time in writing every day to improve your mental well-being.
Write your story and get it published on our blog!
You have a great opportunity, my friend!
We offer you our space for your story to be heard. We believe it is important because not many people have a platform these days to openly say what is important to them.
Aside from helping us spread awareness about invisible illness, your story will inspire others to write their own. We can all battle the stigma together!
Regardless of chronic illness, physical or mental, people don’t believe you. But you can open their eyes and truly understand your day-to-day struggles.
Show them by writing your heart out! It will help to open their eyes to what you are going through. Find out more here!
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