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14Aug

chronicillness

Living through your teens and your 20s can be a particularly difficult experience when you’re chronically ill. There are so many things that you want to be able to do and experience, but your body simply won’t cooperate. I know this only too well. My body and I have been in a constant struggle for supremacy for as long as I can remember.

I’ve written a lot about my experiences on my blog, and I’m still very much working things out. That being said I have found that in addition to working on myself, having people around you that really understand and support you is so incredibly important.

When you have illnesses that mean you don’t look sick, people generally disregard you and think that you’re at least making some of it up. I have spent a huge amount of time trying to justify myself to so many people. At the end of the day, this is counter-productive, and I’m seeing myself through the eyes of someone else’s ignorance. I know what is happening to my body, and I also know what I’m capable of, and I’m doing everything I can to heal.

So, today, I’d like to take the opportunity to share some quick things that millennials (ugh) living through their teens and twenties with chronic illnesses will know. I hope that this will serve to help people be more understanding and awareness of what they can do to support their friends and loved ones who fight every day for their health.

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One Response to 16 Things You Know When Living With A Chronic Illness (Or Three) In Your 20s

  1. Jean

    I am a diabetic and just setratd on HT two days ago. I am on an insulin pump. I thought I had read all the instructions and knew to drink LOTS of water. I have never been a water drinker (never liked the taste of it) so when I do drink water I put flavorings in it. So I stopped that and just had water in front of me all day. However I got really sick. Nauseous to the point of heaving and getting the cold sweats. Because I am on an insulin pump I have to be really careful of how often I eat so I usually eat 6 small meals a day. But on this day I was too sick to eat. Anything I ate I felt like throwing back up. I want to continue to take HT but if it makes me feel this way ALL the time I am sending it back. I HAVE to take my meds in the AM for my night levels to level out for the day. I have no choice. By skipping my breakfast for two hours and being on insulin I got too sick. I need some advice PLEASE!! If this does not work I will be sending it back and I have only had it a few days.

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