I’m just like every other teenager. I wake up in the morning, get ready for school, walk to the bus. The only real difference is that a solid half of my body is on fire the whole time. I’m lucky enough to be part of a selective club. Very exclusive, very secretive. Teenagers with invisible illnesses.
I tell people to shut up if they notice my disability in any way. If I’m checking my blood sugar, butt out. Don’t stare. I caught somebody at Pantheacon staring at me at a workshop once and I stared at her back with a dirty look she took amusement with until she turned away. I’m very discrete about doing what must be done. Don’t give me shit for treating lows, unless you want me to die. Don’t give me shit about the way I need to check my blood sugar. Apparently, some people would like to endanger my health if they complain to me about treating low blood sugar. You, sociopaths, are bullies who do not apologize.
Living a healthy life is something we all want to do. Being healthy really depends on whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice some things to make yourself feel and look better. You can actually make healthier choices in things throughout your everyday life, whether it be eating better foods or exercising more. There are also many vitamins and supplements you can take which cost money, but are totally worth it.
Chronic illness is something that affects a person their entire lives if they cannot find a good treatment for it. The first woman to be cured of sickle-cell anemia by a stem cell donation given to her by her sister without requiring chemotherapy resides in Chicago. Her sister is a 100 percent genetic match for donation to Ieshea Thomas. Sickle cell causes underlying organ disease in addition to chronic anemia, as well as crisis pain in the chest, abdomen, and joints, with pain also occurring in the bones. Chronic illness is devastating to all who have it because some are easily treated and some are not. For example, diabetes requires the use of insulin.
Getting enough spoons means trying to get enough sleep. Many disabled people do not sleep the whole night, as some could have sleep apnea. Mentally ill people not on medication hardly sleep through the night on top of this. Spoons are not all created equal. Sometimes a chronically ill person can have more spoons on some days rather than on others. It depends on what illness somebody has. We diabetics are taken out by low blood sugar or, for that matter, its opposite, high blood sugar. People with lupus can be fine one day and sick the next. Somebody with sickle-cell anemia is not feeling well during a crisis. People with hypothyroidism or over-active thyroid also called hyperthyroidism definitely have varying levels of energy.
The spoon theory explains to normal people about why chronically ill people do not always have the time to get stuff done. Whether it is chronic pain or other things, chronically ill people are suffering from being tired while having pains in the middle of the night. People with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia do not always sleep well sometimes even while on meds. Some people have more spoons than others. If you are lucky, you do not have a chronic illness but then nobody gets enough sleep if you work full time. Or do you?
Did you know that you can improve your life by detoxing the mind as well as the body?
Nobody likes getting sick. Even if you're one of those people who likes the attention and sympathy you get, nobody likes the actual feeling of being ill. And thanks to the immune system (I love that thing), most people don't actually get sick that often. But if you're one of those people who is always sick, then there could be a reason behind it.
Apple cider vinegar has become one of the most surprising superfoods out on the market. In health food groups, dieters who want to cleanse out their body and improve their overall health are now downing shots of this stuff as part of their diet. Most people know it for its dietary perks and call it a slenderizing cure-all, but the truth is that it might be a better choice for your skin.
April 2005. That's how long ago my injury happened.
I have a confession to make: I didn't know that it wasn't normal for your bladder to hurt after drinking even the smallest bit of alcohol.