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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Natasha Lipman

Natasha Lipman is a chronic illness blogger, food lover and wellness rebel from London. She is passionate about raising awareness of the realities of life with chronic illness.