I saw a meme that said “I’m not Superwoman, but I fight Meniere’s, so close enough!” I think this applies to everyone who fights a chronic illness. It takes superheroes to battle chronic illnesses and still function.
We may not be able to do everything we want to do. Sometimes getting out of bed is an achievement. I force myself to shower and dress whether I feel up to it or not, unless I can’t stand.
There are people battling chronic illnesses who hide it well. They are the true superheroes. The ones who go to work with chronic pain or dizziness or whatever and most people are none the wiser. They are the amazing people. I don’t know how they do it.
Yes, I get up. Walk, exercise, but I can opt not to do so if I simply cannot. And I have the option to take naps. I don’t have to worry if my my migraine or vertigo or pain acts up, because I can go back to bed. I don’t have to pretend to be okay.
I know how to fake it. You can see in my photos that I can put a smile on my face and people can’t tell how I’m feeling, unless they look deep in my eyes. Most people don’t look that deep.
Occasionally I do have pretty good days. Though I always have pain due to arthritis and the pinched nerve. It’s not difficult to see the arthritis, since my fingers are effected.
I meant to take this post to tell you to not judge others based on what you see. We have no idea what battles people fight. I know people who work with chronic illnesses, but can barely move at times. That’s not to say they cannot go to concerts or games. We all need to be able to have fun. Some of us may pay later for enjoying ourselves.
Vacations put me in bed for a few days. Not being able to work, makes it easier to be able to push my boundaries. Work used to be all I could do. Some days it was all I could do to drive myself home when I worked.
If you know someone with a chronic illness, you may know a super hero. Remember just because you see me taking walks, it doesn’t mean everyone with my diagnosis can. We are all different.
Love, Peace and Light! Rita