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I Have Invisible Illnesses

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

A lot of people struggle with what many people could term invisible illnesses. Asthma, allergies, arthritis, immune disorders, and chronic pain are all often invisible to the naked eye. As someone who struggles with illnesses that can cause pain, brain fog, fatigue, sensitivity to light/sound, nausea, and difficulty breathing I often have issues with pacing. I'll have a lot on my plate and in the drive to get it all done, I end up wiping myself out. Sometimes I do a great job at pacing myself and I still have a flare-up. This is hard for me because I am highly motivated and I want to be involved, engaged, and productive.

As an MFT Trainee, I am looking forward to my graduation date. As I was checking off my class list and looking over my hours earned, I realized that I won't graduate when I'd like on the track that I am on. I could take an extra class a term and take on more hours. But what would that stress do to me. Nothing good.

So I've made the decision to meet myself where I am. This doesn't mean I've lost my drive, but I am giving myself the space to take the time to feel well enough to do the things that I need to get done. Sometimes I'll have the energy to get to everything that I want to get done, and sometimes I'll have a really bad day and have to sleep/lay in a dark room all day. And that's ok.

So please excuse my extended absences. I'm pacing myself.

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