Saturday, November 2, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 23

What do you say to yourself when you need a pep talk?

I'm not a big pep talker.  Maybe that is something I should work on.  I do try to remind myself to take it easy.  One breath and one step at a time.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes I'm stubborn.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 22

How do you feel you have been treated by the medical system?  Explain.

I feel that I have been treated pretty well within the medical system.

I've only been hassled and examined once for track marks to make sure I wasn't a drug seeker.  I only had to endure my jello, dillauded diet for a week and a half while I waited for surgery.  The only long term effect is the constant battle with gastritis as a result of eating what basically amounts to heroin for a week and half.  I became so anemic I needed a blood transfusion and an iron infusion.  All because the wrong blood test was ordered - repeatedly.

These stories don't even come close to the horror stories of some out there.  So, I'm counting myself lucky.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 21

What networks or website have you used for support for or information about your illness?

HealingWell.com, and HealthBoards.com have proven useful to me more than once.  It has been my experience that these forums are full of people who genuinely want to help and are not full of angry trolls who never left middle school.  We all know what I'm talking about.  I have a few people I follow on tumblr and a few groups I follow on facebook (voices of fibromyalgia, and butyoudontlooksick are both pretty active but not so much that they clog up your whole newsfeed).  I'm always looking for new resources so please, feel free to let me know your favorite networks and websites.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 20

Have you met anyone with the same illness?  Did it help?

I know quite a few people with all or some of the same illnesses I have.  It helps immensely.  It is always nice to know you are not alone.  We all need to be reassured that we are not crazy.

Monday, October 28, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 19

How do you feel about the future?

This is a very odd day for this particular question to pop up.

Today I know of a young boy who slipped away in the early hours of the morning after a long and hard fought battle against leukemia.  The early hours of the morning also took a woman I will forever hold dear to my heart.

I think... the future is not guaranteed.  We make plans for the best while preparing for the worst and try our hardest to enjoy every moment to the best of our ability.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 18

Do you think you have become a better person through being ill?  Explain.

I don't think being ill has changed the type of person I am.  It has made me a lot more aware and sensitive to other people and what they may be experiencing... but I'm not sure that makes me better or worse in any way.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 17

How would things be different if you weren't ill?

I wouldn't be ill.  Other than that I find it kind of silly to speculate how things would be different.