chronic pain

‘Shaking, with my daughter, I drove to the gas station. I needed help. I stood there in my slippers, crying with my 3-year-old in the back, convinced he wouldn’t be far behind.’

“He would remind me this was my second marriage and I had two children by two different dads. He told me no one else would want me. Starting over on my own, with a disability, would be impossible. Before I knew it, something came over me. To this day, I don’t know how I managed to do this. I packed for my life.”

‘I was at work when I got the call from my doctor. Time stopped moving. The only part I remember is him telling me there are no known cures. I was literally watching myself decay.’

“I was terrified my boyfriend would leave me because it made me look different, or because it was just too much for him. I felt him distancing himself from me out of fear; he kept telling me how scared he was for me, and how he didn’t understand how this could have happened to me so quickly.”

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