Hello and welcome to Chronic Illness 101. A series about how to act, be supportive and ultimately how to understand what life is like for someone with a chronic illness. Lesson 1 – The Basics The best place to start is really to defy chronic illness. Chronic illness is a condition or disease that a person has had for a long period of time. According to the tinterweb which is always right! An illness lasting more than 4 months is considered chronic. How Many Different Illnesses Are There? That is like asking how many different species of butterflies are there? Simple answer there a countless forms of chronic illness. A few are Crohn’s disease Celiacs Arthritis Depression Anxiety Lupus Chronic fatigue […]
No one said motherhood would be easy. Add chronic illness into the mix and you’ve got a heck of a lot more challenges.
Back in 2013 I received the official diagnosis that I have fibromyalgia as well as hypermobility syndrome. I think I might also have chronic costochondritis as well as chronic fatigue but those ones haven’t been diagnosed because GPs are useless. (More on that at a later date) I’d known for some time before the diagnosis that things weren’t quite right. I had began to experience some of the fibromyalgia symptoms back in 2009 starting off with what I thought was a really bad chest infection that just wouldn’t shift. After many many visits to GPs and 2 referrals to a rheumatologist, the first one resulted in me being told I didn’t have fibro! Finally after years of pain and not […]