What I Wish People Knew About My Chronic Illness – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

It is so nice to feel like I am not alone. YOU are not alone. WE are not alone!

There are many things that those of us who live with chronic illness have to contend with, and one of those things is the thoughts and opinions of others. While we should pay no mind to what others think of us, I, for one, would be lying if I said I didn’t worry  about what others thought of me and my conditions.

What I wish people knew about chronic illness is that it can be unpredictable. Case in point: on Saturday of this week, I was able to successfully compete in a Kettlebell competition followed by a nice, long bike ride. Last night I took a Zumba class. Today I was in tears, multiple times, due to  stomach discomfort and an absolutely debilitating migraine, and the frustration that comes with these things.

I wish people knew that, while one day, I may be fine, the next day, or next hour…

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