When You "Forget" You Have a Chronic Illness
I forget that I have fibromyalgia and living in pain is not normal.
I forget that I have celiac disease and a single crumb of gluten can make me feel like a zombie for days.
To put it simply, I forget that I have a chronic illness.
I consider myself lucky that I have the privilege of being able to not "feel" sick 24/7. I do not have a life-threatening illness. I can usually go about my day without having to make any medically-forced changes...as long as I have access to plenty of gluten free food and some extra hours of sleep.
But sometimes, I'm reminded. Brutally.
I'm reminded that gluten really is my kryptonite when I try to use a new shampoo and realize it contained gluten when I feel like an extra from the Walking Dead a few days later. Some believe that gluten free shampoos and beauty supplies aren't 100% necessary for celiacs. After this experience, I'd say I stand pretty strongly in the other camp.
I'm reminded that my body isn't "normal" when I fly to and from San Diego for my college graduation, work for two weeks and, by the time I reach last weekend, want to do nothing more than lie in bed all day.
|From my latest hike...|
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