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Social Misfit Victory

Yep, I would consider myself a social misfit. So sick for so long and so isolated has created a “social misfit.” That’s okay, I am working my way out of it!!! I am finding victory and loving it.

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Fake It Till You Make It Attitude

Good attitudes do not cure all disease and fix all problems so don’t tell me to have a better attitude!! Oh stars, we struggle while we are ill. While we are chronically ill we sometimes have to just simply have to fake-it-til-we-make-it. Faking a good attitude puts us in a better position to make it.

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T.P. Funnies During Chronic Illness

Oh stars, how many toilet paper incidents can one ill person have?? How can we bare to be in public when we cannot even manage a trip to the bathroom??? Might as well laugh at myself through them…

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Drunk But Not

If you have been sick enough, long enough, chances are you have had a feeling of being drunk, even though you are not. I have heard of chronically ill people being pulled over, arrested, and then found out to be ill, not drunk. It is a miserable feeling and we have to deal with it when it happens.

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Our Weight Is A Big Deal To Us Too High Too Low

We are a society that cares about our weight. It is a big deal to us whether our weight is too high or too low. I have been on both ends of the spectrum and did not like either extreme. So how do we deal with it? How do we get past our own thoughts, the preducices of our current culture and the physical limitations that come with chronic illness and weight issues?

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“Good Days,” What a Joke

When was the last time you could declare a “good day?” Good days are a joke when we are chronically ill. I have gone several years without ONE “good day.” Are y’all having any “good days” through your illness?

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Navigating Stimulu​​s

Too much noise, too many smells, too much movement, too many people, too many decisions, too much of anything and everything shuts me down quickly. While we are chronically ill, too much stimulus is simply too much. Navigating stimulus helps us be calmer so we can heal faster.

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Not Everything Is Worth Figuring Out

Exactly who said we have to figure out everything?? Not everything is worth figuring out. Some things are better left alone.

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Panic or Anxiety ​Attack vs Physical Overwhelm

Ever been so physically overwhelmed that it didn’t matter what you called it, it STUNK??? Anyone with almost any illness clearly knows physical overwhelm. We have to stop and deal with whatever. Sometimes panic or anxiety attacks kick in and they are quite different but they cause a physical overwhelm. Sorting it out a little can help us navigate social situations so we are not so isolated while we are chronically ill.

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Comparing Illness Journeys Has Its Limits

There are SO many illnesses and so many variables that no two people can possibly have the same illness journey. No two experiences can be exactly the same, impossible. When we compare ourselves to others, we are either overly disappointed or overly self-superior to others. Either way, it does not serve us to compare. We can heal faster when we let comparisons go.

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