Recovering from chronic illness

‘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.”

‘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.”

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