Feeding the Stigma

Feeding the Stigma

This is entirely my fault. For two years I have been suffering with health issues and chronic widespread pain, spending thousands of dollars on appointments, tests, medications, hospital visits and surgery. Unable to work full time or have a normal social life. And apparantly unable to let my own family in on this huge life [...]

The Importance of Mental Health in Chronic Illness

The Importance of Mental Health in Chronic Illness

For most people with a chronic illness, there comes with it a care plan that includes multiple specialists. One of these specialists is a psychologist. This makes complete sense, given the toll it takes on the person, body and mind. However, I hadn't really been thinking much about it lately, just going along with the [...]

I don’t want to complain…

I don’t want to complain…

I don't like complaining, and I don't want to complain anymore. I really don't. I don't like seeing the looks on people's faces thinking "she's complaining yet again." Seeing the looks of frustration and simply being 'over' hearing about my health issues. But guess what, feeling sick every day has become my life at the [...]

“If you gain 3 kilos, all your problems will go away.”

“If you gain 3 kilos, all your problems will go away.”

"I truly believe that if you gain 3 kilos, all your problems will go away." That's not something I EVER expected to hear from a doctor. Especially a very experienced professor in Endocrinology, highly recommended by a few of my other specialists. Especially after I had explained in detail over the course of an hour [...]

Who am I?

Who am I?

I've dived right into the chronic illness stories pretty hard core. But this is called Laura in Real Life, and there's definitely more to me than my health (or lack of.) Sometimes it's hard to see past it, being a daily struggle and all. But I want to be seen for more than my health. [...]