The Unexpected Side Effect of Chronic Illness

The Unexpected Side Effect of Chronic Illness

We often hear about the symptoms of chronic illness and chronic pain. Muscle fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, nausea, stomach & bowel disturbances, skin issues, chest pain, fatigue, malaise, and many many more. But what's often not mentioned is the emotional toll any chronic illness takes on every person who suffers. In particular, the [...]

How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?

"Are your migraines gone yet? Maybe you're just tense. "Oh your struggling with fatigue? Man I'm tired too, it's been a busy week!""Muscle pain? Probably from lack of exercise." "Have you tried NOT taking all those medications? Maybe they're the issue." "How are you... Are you better yet?""Are you depressed?" I hear a lot of [...]

How Am I Supposed To Love A Body Like This?

How Am I Supposed To Love A Body Like This?

If you want to include both my battle with endometriosis and with an autoimmune condition, I have been fighting my body, and medical professionals, for ten long years. Ten years of chronic pain, chronic illness, and chronic anger towards my body for never giving me any relief. With Endometriosis comes not only extremely painful periods, [...]

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 [...]