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Issue #262: You Did Not Do Anything ‘Wrong’ to Get an Autoimmune Disorder & The Struggle with Self-Identity Whilst Chronically Ill

Issue 262: You Did Not Do Anything 'Wrong' to Get an Autoimmune Disorder & The Struggle with Self-Identity Whilst Chronically Illness

Friday, 23 April 2021. Issue #262.

In This Issue:

  1. Many with chronic illness often feel like suicide is an option on the table.
  2. The person who makes me smile the most is my puppy, who is not even a person!
  3. The internet ensures hyperconnectivity, yet miscommunication and false narratives have also escalated.
  4. If you don’t live with fibromyalgia or another chronic illness, you probably won’t understand the need to listen to your body always.
  5. As the years go by, many who live with chronic pain sink into depression as well, as the two are never exclusive.
  6. The struggle with self-identity when you have health problems, and don’t know where each begins and ends.
  7. Research shows that cells age prematurely with depression, which is shifting our perspective that it is a purely psychiatric disease to a whole body one.
  8. No matter what you may have heard from others or on social media, those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or autoimmune disorders did not do anything wrong to get it.
  9. If you are a journalist writing about disabled people, then make sure that they are the voices of your story, even though you can ask questions from their caregivers and loved ones, too.
  10. It is a good idea to do bite-sized amounts of exercise and really stick to the routine when you’re a beginner or starting out again, instead of being tempted to dive right in.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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