Recovering from chronic illness

‘I began purchasing baby formula for myself. ‘How could this have happened?’ I felt my boyfriend distancing himself out of fear.’: Young woman diagnosed with rare Elher’s Danlos Syndrome

“I was literally watching myself decay. I couldn’t stand up to get a glass of water without blacking out. I felt judgement in every public restroom I threw up in. My boyfriend of 3 years, the man I planned to marry, broke up with me. I was ‘too sick.’ It all happened so quickly. I went from helping children get off of feeding tubes, to needing one myself. I spent the majority of my hospital admission sobbing, grieving the life I’d walked away from.”

‘People think it’s gross, but without this bag of poop on my stomach, I wouldn’t be here.’: Young woman diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, says life ‘isn’t fair,’ but it’s ‘downright beautiful’

“Growing up, I wasn’t grateful for anything. Then I got sick. I went from picture-perfect health to being too frail to even move. I was rushed to the ER. ‘We need to act fast!’ My heart stopped, my breathing hitched, and suddenly I knew what was coming. He lowered the mask onto my face, and I remember thinking ‘please’ over and over again.”

 Share  Tweet