Capricorn. 26-year-old multi-ethnic bisexual who loves cats, plays video games, & has several chronic illnesses. Currently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Art History. Advocate for Wellness, Indigenous Rights, and #SelfCare.
Living with Chronic Illness Is Emotionally Complicated
My relationship with myself has never been one of positivity. I have had a negative self-image as long as I could remember. I have always doubted my abilities. I have questioned whether or not I was worthy of even living. I have also grown to hate the shell of a body I live in thanks to several chronic illnesses I live with. If you want to catch up, you can read an introduction to my journey with chronic illness in another article I wrote, titled "Learning to Bloom in Adversity."
Learning to Bloom in Adversity
As the second week of my Fall semester comes to a close, I've been reflecting on my collegiate journey. More than just remembering good times, new friends I made, or anything else, I'm reflecting on how I managed to graduate with an A.A. degree, then a B.A. degree, and now trying to obtain my Master's degree. It all seems too good to be true at times and I've had the odds stacked against me; I'm a first-generation college student (neither of my parents obtained anything more than their high school diplomas), multi-ethnic, bisexual, female, and... I'm disabled.