Chronic Illness 101 – But You Don’t Look Sick 

The old cliche of never judging a book by its cover springs to mind when talking about chronic illness. Many people I know who suffer from a chronic illness don’t show signs of being ill, they still look like themselves. Which is the reason many of us have heard the comment “but you don’t look sick!” How exactly are we supposed to look? Should we be covered in sores and oozing puss? Should we be grey in colour? Should we have an appendage falling off? Or perhaps having a flashing neon sign that tells you what illness it is we are suffering from??  This and “if you get out or exercise, you’ll feel better” are a few of the most […]

Chronic Illness 101 – Be Understanding

Dealing with chronic illness isn’t just about medicating and learning to cope with the symptoms that particular illness brings with it, it is also about how their entire life is affected by it.  Such as not being able to plan outings or meeting with friends  too far in advance because they don’t know what their energy level is going to be like that day. Or having to cancel on friends because their symptoms are flaring or they are too exhausted to leave the house. How do you as a friend of someone who is chronically ill deal with this? Simply put Be Understanding! I briefly covered this in my Chronic Illness 101 – The Basics post, and I feel that it […]

Chronic Illness 101 – The Basics

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 […]