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Chronic Illness

I struggle with chronic health issues. When I get sick, I get very sick-going on week four at the moment of being in pain. And when I say I struggle, I mean I STRUGGLE. I feel guilty for every session I have to push back. I hate every day I have to take off from work. I fight with myself every time I have to ask for an extension on an assignment.

And the worst part is that I feel like I do all of this alone. No matter what my friends and family do or say, they do not know what it feels like to be at war with yourself. To feel as though it takes every ounce of your willpower to just exist.

But I am not alone. And even though my support network doesn't know what it's like, they can still help. They can believe me when I say I'm sick. They can hold me when I'm so frustrated that I cry. They can sit on the couch with me and just watch mindless television because it's all I can handle. They can listen when I want to talk.

If you struggle, and you feel alone in your struggle, know that you don't have to be.

I believe you.

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