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Scream and cry all you need as long as you promise me you will never give up!


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Reintroduction of me! My name is Rin and I am a California senior with an interest in dog training, (creative) writing, drawing, and all things related to anatomy and physiology. I am also a mid-transition transgender male (FtM) who has been on Testosterone for 2 years. Unfortunately, I cannot bind my chest in any way because of costochondritis born of my connective tissue disorder which causes immense chest pain even with a slightly compressing sports bra. But hey, I am okay with that! Right now I am focusing on being me, kicking chronic illness ass, and getting through my last year of high-school. 💪🏻 I have struggled with anxiety and a variety of mood disorders since I was really young, and in early fall 2017 I was diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses (some of which I was born with). My chronic illness conglomeration consists of: Dysautonomia (undefined type), Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3, Gastroparesis, Esophageal Dysmotility, and mild intestinal dysmotility. I also struggle with a Panic Disorder, an undefined depressive/mood disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder (and likely Autism Spectrum Disorder), and obsessive compulsive behaviors (likely OCD). To help me navigate this wild life I am training my sidekick Leila to be my service dog for the next year until she will need to retire and I will be getting a new puppy prospect. I want this account to become a place where I can vent about how fucked up it is to have chronic illness, promote awareness of chronic illness, and create a space where people feel comfortable and safe. I will forever be a safe space and regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. anybody is welcome here! All of the love! PS I love sunflowers!
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#chronicillness #chronicpain #ehlersdanlossyndrome #ehlersdanlos #eds #ehlersdanlosawareness #dysautonomia #dysautonomiaawareness #pots #eds #gastroparesis #gastroparesisawareness #spreadlove #servicedogintraining #servicedog #spoonie #spoonielife


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#dysautonomia #chronicillness #OnlyHuman @dysautonomiaintl The struggle of POTS is real right now .... 😔Anyone struggling right now just know that your not alone. And try to stay positive even though I know its extremely hard...❤️❤️ "It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be" -Albus Dumbledore


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I want to clear my mind, and I also want to say this is just a general thing so please don't think it's personal. (I've been very fragile since watching Nanette.) I really dislike being called strong. I dislike the implications that I am strong for simply living my life. That i am stronger than others for continuing when others couldn't.
I am not strong, no more than anyone else was weak for being eaten alive by the pain & grief of trauma. It is not strength that pushes me forward, it is anger.
And to be frank with you, it could be the drop of a hat or a simple spark of disassociation and I could easily become that same statistic your word implies as weak.

I really hate the word strong, it asks too much from people. It places expectations on us to not hurt, not break, not ask for help. For me strong is one of the most limiting words you can define someone as.

I want to be visible. I want to be loved even if I am wounded & broken. I want to feel like I am good enough if I can't be the strong person you think I am.
Thank you for your time.

#deepthoughts #personal #trauma #chronicillness #justspooniethings #chronicallyawesome #chronicpain #childhoodsexualabuse #domesticviolence #survivor


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I made a lovely and perceptive new friend today who helped me articulate something I’ve been thinking about for months. The reason I somewhat obsessively photograph my life is it creates tangible evidence of connection with others. When you’re often bed ridden for days it’s helpful to be able to scroll through your Instagram and remind yourself you do go outside, and you are present for yourself and others ❤️ #selfcare #chronicillness


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💜🧠 #stopthemigraine


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I haven't done one of these in a long time, so here's a Medical Update: Last October I had a routine surgery to get nasal Polyps removed along with getting my deviated septum fixed, although they got a good portion of the polyps, the were still plenty and they didn't hey to my septum due to me walking up in surgery and finding out I have a collapsing airway that I can't do anything about except make sure I don't overwork myself. Fast forward to now, my polyps are back and possibly worse than before causing constant pressure and pain as well as causing an infection in my sinuses and o still have my deviated septum on top of that so I have been house ridden for the past month or so. At first they said they couldn't fit me in for surgery until October of this year but now after fighting with them they moved it to Early August. The only problem is that I leave for Power Morphicon in CA 6 days later and I don't know if that's enough recovery time, i've been planning this trip for two years so that does make me nervous but I haven't been able to be nervous on that because my insurance has been fighting me the past 3 weeks saying that there's a mystery insurance that is on my profile which is not allowing my medications to be filled and they are the medications I need to take to survive with transplant but no one knows how to take the mystery insurance off and I'm almost out of meds. I know, it's a head spinner but i'm hanging in, I still have my spirits up. I just don't enjoy doing updates because I don't want pity, no matter what i've gone through or go through, I am still so thankful for the life I do have.
#chronicillness #cysicfibrosis #cf #cflife #chronicillnessawareness #transplant #cysticfibrosisfighter #invisibleillness #lungdisease #lungtransplantsurvivor #65roses #lungtransplant #cysticfibrosisawareness


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I can only apologise for the amount of bed photos you’re getting lately but it’s when I’m spending all my time. Second migraine in a row tonight only tonight my yellow flashes and weird burning smell came as a warning so I took my triptan as fast as I could so keep your fingers crossed everyone! Last night I wasn’t so lucky. Lots of good happening lately but mixed with a ton a bad. I’m struggle to keep my head up at the moment but it’ll pass. I hope. 🤷‍♀️On the plus side just before I got the migraine I did my skin care so I’m looking smoooooth.
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#pots #potssyndrome #posturalorthostatictachycardiasyndrome #dysautonomiaawareness #dysautonomia #dysautonomiasucks #mirgraine #migraines #migraineawareness #eds #edstype3 #me #cfs #connectivetissue #geneticillness #butyoudontlooksick #spoonie #spoonielife #tired #triptans #morethanaheadache #spine #parsdefect #osteoarthritis #fragileskin #spoonie #spoonielife #chronicillness #chronicillnesses #spoonie #zebrastrong #ehlersdanlossyndrome #ehlersdanlostype3


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Hi there, dear Tribe♥️ Let it out! Vent away... Sometimes just writing it down, getting it off your chest, sharing it so even one other person on this earth is aware....can lighten your spirit. By now, I think(hope) you know how much we truly care, and that this is a safe place to take off your mask. I’ll be reading each and every one, but won’t be replying because I think (hope) there will be many comments, and I’m still just trying to catch up on the last couple weeks. Thx for your patience with that btw ;) LOVE YOU. Vent below ;)👇🏼 ♥️Leila

#ventbelow#vent#thrive#rise#warriorspirit#inspirationalquotes#chronicillness#rebelthriver#encouragement#mentalhealth#wordstoliveby#instadaily#empath#brave#soulwork#goodvibes#healing#lightworker#chronicpain#love#anxiety#hope#loveandlight#survivors#domesticviolence#peaceandlove#ptsd#spirituality#yoga
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I really want to have something super great to share, but I don't. I've been struggling with this funk of anxiety and depression for several weeks and feeling really down and hopeless. Last night my therapist and I made the decision to take a break from EMDR. I have become too unstable in my daily life to continue with the process safely and effectively. So, for the next three weeks I am taking a break from therapy so I can focus on stabilizing my home life and health. Then when I go back mid-August I will be doing talk therapy for a while. It's just been too much. The timing could not be worse for sexual trauma reprocessing and what I am facing medically right now. I am looking forward to the relief that this endometrial ablation will bring but at the same time, I am struggling to fully accept and process it. It is absolute. A part of my body will be dead. The vessel that carried my two sweet children will be burned up and rendered entirely useless. I just feel so defeated by life lately that opening and cleaning skeletons from the closets is not the best thing I can be doing for myself right now. I am thankful to have such an amazing therapist who can see that and support me through this time. My husband has also been so amazing. And of course this community. I'd be lost without this spoonie family ❤️❤️ Much Love!

#chronicpain #chronicillness #fibromyalgia #fibro #ocularmigraines #chronicheadaches #interstitialcystitis #ibs #pmdd #hormoneimbalance #invisibleillness #spoonie #spoonielife #spooniefamily #spooniecommunity #anxiety #gad #ptsd #generalizedanxietydisorder #depression #insomnia #insomniac #existentialism #existentialist #highlysensitiveperson #hsp #highlysensitive #empath #empathetic #introvert


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The gang all here!🤣

I’m sorry I’ve haven’t been active on here guys. I haven’t felt great these last few days. I’ve had a bad migraine all week plus stomach cramps. I honestly think it’s the heat. It’s been really hot and humid, than normal, than hot and humid again.😩

But besides that my port and TPN has been going good and the even added IV fluids, every other day. Oh this weekend I’m going to cedar Point in Ohio with my boyfriend! I’m so excited but really nervous because I haven’t been on a roller coast in about 2 years, plus I have Todd and my port! So it’s going to be something lol😳🤣 but I hope you guys are having a great night. And please let me know if you’ve been on a roller coaster or anything like that since having a ostomy it even a port!❤️
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#ileostomy #ileostomyawareness #ostomy #ostomates #ostomate #ostomybag #ostomate #ostomywarrior #warrior #stoma #chronicillness #chronicpain #hiddenillness #invisvibleillness #girlwithguts #loveyourself #bodypositivity #positivevibes #countyourblessings #nocolonstillrollin #ittakesguts #toddtheostomy #chronicallymotivated #coloplast #spoonie #loveyourstoma #mediport #port


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Hey lovely ones 🌱
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I’m in a bit of an uncomfortable situation rn... I just got recent blood test results back (long story), and my THYROID LEVELS + ANTIBODIES are the worst they’ve ever been in 8 years... see pic 🔼
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I’m not meaning to cause or be ruffling any feathers here but I’m just really confused and not looking forward to having to report back to my Mum. She is highly reactive and will most likely freak out saying ‘omg this is what I always said was going to happen! Your thyroid is destroying itself! We have to do something serious ASAP. Medical Medium is making it worse!’ or something similar. .
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What is going on? .
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I know blood tests aren’t everything, but seriously. Why is this happening?
I know what Anthony has said re blood tests, yes I’ve read all the books. But this isn’t currently making sense to me. .
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Has anyone else experienced this? .
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The doctor gave me the usual ‘so yeah, your thyroid is in really bad shape, very under active. You’ll need to take thyroxine. Your body is basically attacking your own thyroid, we call it autoimmune’ (as if I haven’t heard that like 2839298 times, thankyou, I needed to hear it again) 🤦🏽‍♀️ *hands me a script for Thyroxine* (I just can’t be f’d fighting back these day - I just take it and bin it)
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Please give me feedback / thoughts / etc.
I’ve taken a few too many hits lately (teeth issues / dental decay worsening greatly in last year and now these results). .
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I hate all this confusion so effing much 😭
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#medicalmedium #chronicillness #hashimotos #autoimmunedisease


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Stole from @chronically_courtney
When you see me out doing something. An think I seem ok. I'm basically dying. I'm not able to eat or drink. An I'm burning calories I cant replace. breaking down muscles that are hard to repair. Causing myself days of extreme exhaustion and extra pain. An you might ask why. But this is the only life you get. And what's the point of fighting to be alive. If you cant live.

#butyoudontlooksick #POTS #dysautonomia #autonomicdysfunction
#gastroparesis #gp #dysmotility
#eds #hypermobility #ehlersdanlossyndrome #autoimmune #mctd
#chronicillness #invisibleillness #Stillburnin #osteoporosis #chronicvomiting #spoonie #arthritis #fibromyalgia #chronicpain #socialanxiety #chronicfatigue #vasculitis #lupus #sunsensitivity


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Switched to auto injection Methotrexate #chronicillness #rawarrior #crohnswarrior


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So I’m at the anger stage, I’ve been dealing with this pain since May. My GP has been trying to help but then went on paternity leave and things went to hell. My pain and condition got worse and there were no providers there to see me that we’re familiar with me as a person. I ended up passed off to three different PAs, two within the practice and one in the Emergency Room within a time span of four days and they ALL treated me like a drug seeker. The ONLY time I mentioned Opioids was when I told them that my GP gave my hydrocodone and it didn’t work, other than that I just asked for pain relief, a referral to physical therapy and a referral to pain management. But all they could see in their heads was a neon light flashing NO OPIOIDS, it’s like the glare blocked out every other option that there was available. When I asked one PA what we were going to do for pain he actually said “nothing, we are going to stay the course”....um okay, we are going to let me stay in pain and my GP doesn’t come back for another month? In the end, because I self advocate like a mofo, I was able to get pain meds, a whopping 29 pills total, just under ten days worth if I took them as prescribed AND it was the med I told them didn’t work AND at a lower dose! I had to double the dose just to make it effective! I only took them on the nights when the pain was the absolute worst so I could get a couple of hours sleep. They were prescribed on June 21st, doubling them I should have had five days worth but I still have 2 pills left. But it meant I spent many days in agony.

But what I’m so angry about is that I just so my GP and he explained why he didn’t want to go the Opioid route which I was fine with , so we explored other options. I left with a prescription already sent to the pharmacy for a Gabapentin and an agreement to call him on Monday to let him know how it was working. Those other doctors let their convictions of not prescribing Opioids cloud their ability to provide adequate patient care, in my book that is patient neglect. I suffered for six weeks, crying, thinking about the possibility of street drugs, thinking about suicide just to escape the pain, (Cont. In last comment)


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Oh my, you two are destroying everything on the studio table. Which little destroyer would like to go to book fair with me?
Smelling of rose after swim
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#white #morningslikethese #poodle#rescuedismyfavoritebreed #domesticshorthair#catsofig#studio#art#illustrator #freelancer#trigirls#t1d#spoonie#home #swimbikerun#cleaneats #cat#chronicillness#invisibleillness#pbhk#discoverhongkong#ootd#thatsdarling#animalshelter #poodlesofig#livefolk #art


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Today we had puppy class! Dude did really well! We solidified our sit, paw, down, and focus. We also showed we could walk well on our leash! Today was super fun and we made a friend named Harper. He’s a 12 week old black Goldendoodle! @topnotchkennels


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“Sometimes soul-searching will bring people closer to themselves. Many times it will leave them feeling more lost than ever. Under the guise of “help,” you may have heard the false theory that illness is just a cry for attention. You may have heard that when bad things happen to us, we caused them by thinking the wrong thoughts.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you are ill or going through a trial like divorce or loss, you did not manifest it. You did not attract it. It is not punishment or payback. You do not deserve to be sick or unhappy. It is not your fault.
You deserve to heal. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel whole.” - @medicalmedium
Always remembering this ☝🏻. When enough systems and people have invalidated you in your life.. remember this 🙏🏻🙏🏻 #medicalmedium #medicalmediumprotocol #Spirit #AngelofFaith #AngelofRelationships #chronicillness #soulhealing #risingfromtheashes #youdeservetobehappy


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• SHINE BRIGHT •
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After an injury, accident or any big challenge in life, putting all your attention on the challenge is totally normal. Sometimes it’s impossible to ignore or even distract yourself from.
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Be mindful not to put all your energy on what’s “wrong”, a common mistake is forgetting that you are so much more than what’s happened to you. It can also feel like you are alone because of what you’re going through and how could anyone else possibly understand.
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Everyone is fighting a battle that you don’t know anything about and we all have the same light within us that’s capable of shining through depending on what we focus on.
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How can you shine your light despite how broken you feel?
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#theageofability #abilityinaction #fromstruggletostrength #disability #disabilityawareness #abilitynotdisability #disabilitysupport #disabilityadvocate #Invisibledisability #disabilityinclusion #braininjury #braininjuryawareness #braininjurysurvivor #cancer #cancersurvivor #chronicillness #chronicpain #survivor #mindset #mindsetiseverything #mindsetcoach #mindsetshift #mindsetmonday #mindsetiskey #attitudeofgratitude #gratitude #growthroughwhatyougothrough
#disabilitylife #growth #growthmindset


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Daily walk done! Can’t go far but it’s nice to be outside and be able to stretch my legs a little #chronicillness #dysautonomia #chronicfatigue


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So for #amazonprime day, @ssaint04 bought me an amazingly thoughtful and fitting gift for what is currently going on in my life. Being #adopted at birth, and not knowing much of my history at all, this will allow me some much needed information regarding my #medicaldispositions and #ancestry I am both #nervous and #excited to procure some long awaited answers. #23andme #dna #chromosometesting #healthandancestry #invisibleillness #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunedisorder #autoimmunearthritis #rheumatoidarthritiswarrior #RA #spoonie #rheumatoidarthritis #inflammatoryarthritis #arthritis #depression #anxiety #migraine #keepfighting #itsokaynottobeokay #knowledgeispower


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While the kids hung out in bed this morning I got up and got my morning routine done
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No distractions
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Peace and quiet
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Best start to the day 💖


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No matter what you are going through, you are not alone. Visit jumohealth.com/news to see how you can help #StopTheStigma and #OwnYourMentalHealth

#repost @themightysite
Whatever you're struggling with right now, please remember you're not alone. •••
#mentalhealth #chronicillness #chronicillnesswarrior #spoonie #suicideprevention


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So, fuck it. Here it goes. This is Dimitri, our friends kitten. We’re looking after him while she’s in hospital.
I have endometriosis, CFS, RLS, depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, BPD, and an eating disorder.
This is my account, and I’m going to share my life. Even the shitty parts of it that I have hidden away for so long. -

I struggle with food and calorie restriction every day. Yes, it’s hard, but it gives me a sense of control over SOMETHING in my life. I can’t control my pain levels, when I get flashbacks, or when I have a bad day (or 10). -

My amazing partner has helped me create a spreadsheet, and done some math-y stuff that I’m terrible at. -

Now all I have to do is type in how many calories I’ve burned, and it will tell me how many I need to eat for the rest of the day. It’s a hard change to make, because I used to have a ‘rule’ that I didn’t eat before 4pm. We’re trying to break that habit now. -

Thank you everyone for your support and kind words. It means the world to me. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day full of #spoons 💛


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#tbt to the day we took our engagement photos
This just reminds me of such a #happy day. #THANKYOU For always sticking by my side, being the #best when I'm feeling my #worst , being my #bestfriend ,being the #greatest #daddy #Madison could imagine, making me #laugh when I want to do is #cry. Ill love you 💖
#marriedlife #married #husbandandwife #chronicpain #chronicillness #fibro #fibromyalgia #autoimmunedisease #autoimmune #endo #endowarrior #endometriosis #neuropathy #womenshealth #anxiety #depression #arthritis #mentalhealth #cbd


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7.19.18 I believe in the precise timing and connection of everything.❤️


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Oh Karen! One for all those people who think they are instant experts on your diseases. #ohhoney #juststop #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease


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Health update:
~ Over two weeks ago I got really sick, (puking, abdomen pain, high fever, migraines, muscle aches). ~ I got Zofran for the nausea. ~ Doctor told me to "just wait it out." ~ Almost three weeks later and the abdomen pain is so bad, it has me buckling over and crying every night! I am also still running fevers on and off. ~ So I decided to ignore my regular doctor because she does not trust that I know my own body! ~ I went to a new doctor and he has given me pain medication for the abdomen pain. ~ He checked my blood for a myriad of things and all of it was negative or perfect. ~ He also ordered a CT scan of my abdomen to check for any abnormalities.
I'm very nervous and I'm having a lot of anxiety, so please be praying for me!
I'm having a hard time dealing with all of this on top of my average pain and illness.

#invisibleillness #chronicillness #chronicpain #invisiblepain #abdominalpain


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See the 12 pill bottles hiding in this picture?? Neither can we! Introducing our two newest Pillpouch designs - sweet purple butterflies and crisp teal geometric - designed to organize and stow your stash of pills! #pillfold #blog #lupus #butterfly www.pillfold.com


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Today is one of those days where I am so grateful of being at home 🏠🙏🏻 Invisible illness is hard. You can’t see it, you can’t hear it, but boy oh boy can you feel it.
To be fine one moment, and completely NOT the next is really challenging. Something I’m still learning to live with.
I CHOOSE to work because I do not want to be defeated and it helps keep me striving for greatness. It gives me purpose. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
But working a regular job is hard for people like me. Im unreliable. I find it hard to concentrate. I find it hard to remember.
Just because you can’t see people’s illness, doesn’t mean they’re not sick ❌

#itsoktonotbeok #invisibleillness #illness #endometriosis #mthfr #chronicillness #passion #purpose #life #living #health #wellness #wontgiveup #selfie #snapaddict #filters


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Gut healing/cleanse tea from Kauai. I’ll share more later once I see how I like it. ;) It’s filled with lots of goodness and I spoke for a while with the vendor at a farmers market there. .
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Day 15 of 28 of the Medical Medium Cleanse: I think I was a bunny in my past life, don’t you?! 😁🐰🤗 Loved this loaded veggie kale salad for dins. So did my family! 🤩 Today I have felt pretty good...there are not too many days I can say I’m not in a lot of pain but today it’s not as bad so I’m one happy 😃 lady!! How are you all feeling?! #kale #kalesalad #rawfood #raw #veggies #fuel #foodismedicine #foodie #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #health #cottage #cottagelife #antiinflammatory #chronicpain #chronicillness #illness #staypositive #staystrong #medicalmedium #cleaneating #eathealthy #eats #momlife #kiddos #happykids #medicalmedium #healing #detox #eatyourgreens #greens


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And in the blink of an eye Lemtrada gets delayed again. This time because my immune system hates me and I have an infected gland and you can’t have an infection heading into infusion week. I know my doctor is doing what’s best for me, but it sucks. If the next set of dates gets canceled, I’m DONE! The universe is sending me signs and I will listen. #lemtrada #alemtuzumab #ms #multiplesclerosis #mswarrior #spoonie #chronicillness #immunesystemhatesme #enoughalready


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Everything kind of sucks right now, at least Hawaiian prints seem to be trend this summer 🌸🌸
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#spoonieproblems #ehlersdanlossyndrome #chronicallyfabulous #fragilebutunbreakable #chronicillness #chronicmigraines #fibromyalgia #fibrofighter #ibs #gerd #pots #eds #zebrastrong


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Who is my fiance? (@alexander_the_ausome)
This man Is a selfless, compassionate, courageous, loving, sweet, caring, human being. This man has dedicated his life to loving those around him. He has not always had the easiest life. He could be bitter, angry, mean. Yet he isnt. I couldnt pick a more amazing man. I fell in love with him the day I met him. When he purposed to me under that willow tree its like my heat stopped, and I floated. There isnt a day that goes by that I fall in love with him again. Just little longer until I can claim this man my husband. I love you my sweet coco bar 😚😍❤️ #lgbtq #orlandostrong #gay #trans #nonbinary #lgbt #genderfluid #gendernuetral #fiance #disabledlove #love #purelove #autism #strength #disability #dissociativeidentitydisorder #dissociation #agoraphobia #attachmentdisorder #autism #sensoryprocessingdisorder #autistic #autismawareness #autismawarenessmonth #mentalillness #mentalhealth #chronicillness #live #pica #seizures


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Reminder that you have not been forgotten. You are seen. You are loved even when it feels no one understands. God knows how to pull in the right support system to shed light, hope and encouragement your way. Let this be a reminder or light unto your path tonight friends ❤️


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I can't sleep so the only logical step is to watch the live stream of @manchesterunited on their USA pre season tour, right?😏😴✌🏼⚽️ #manchesterunited #reddevils #GGMU 😈
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#myalgicencephalomyelitis #MECFS #ME #CFS #invisibleillness #chronicillness #spoonie #tired #pain #insomnia


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🍀INPATIENT DAY 4 🍀 .
We had group on relapse management and it was actually y kinda useful. I used 2 of the worksheets to distinguish depression and self harm relapses and symptoms. It’s actually really interesting to breakdown the early signs and potential triggers into thoughts, behavior and emotions both you and others notice. .
So... so far attempting to be hopeful and forcing myself to be social .
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#depression #depressed #chronicdepression #chronicillness #sleepless #socialanxiety #genderdysphoria #addiction #addictionrecovery #painaddict #selfharmrecovery #selfharm #selfharmawareness #therapy #inpatient #psychhospital #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness #recovery #recoveryisworthit


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#tbt to yesterday’s meeting of ya girl/candidate and her EXTREMELY enthusiastic new field director (and @ydarkansas Rogers High Pres! 💁🏽‍♀️), in the best team pic we could get after a solid 5 minutes of effort by our extremely patient waitress and @skyler.mckibbon respectively with a full frame DSLR with flip out LCD, an #iPhoneX #portraitmode, and nothing to show for either, but with Rachell’s help my campaign will definitely be a different story 😅 #ournew90 #nuevonuestro90 #katicares #cripthevote #criptheBALLOT


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It knocked my feet right out from under me.
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I was headed out for a run, when pain seared through Matt’s body.
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Instantly, he was doubled-over, lost all his colour, screaming in pain.
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Instantly, I was brought back to a year and a half ago when this was our daily. I was snapped back into my caregiver role, and also to the panic, anxiety and fear that was my daily.
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I sat beside him offering comfort. Telling him it would be ok. It will pass. Saying he will feel better soon, while panic swelled inside of me.
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Would it be ok? What if it doesn’t pass? What will we do? I don’t think I’ll survive another Crohn’s flare-up.
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I caught myself. I took a deep breath and prayed instead of continuing to panic.
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It did pass. It was exhausting, but we didn’t let it defeat us. We’re going to keep pressing on, maybe just a little slower today.
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Is there something weighing heavy on your shoulders? I hope you can lay it down and give yourself some grace. #chronicillnessawareness #makersgonnamake #presson
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Little by little, a little becomes A LOT.
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Whenever I have the opportunity to do something active, I am quickly reminded of a time when my health was compromised. The nightmare of waking up strapped to a hospital bed with my mouth wired shut, will always haunt me. The years of pain and immobility allowed time for reflection. It made me realize how much I took for granted pre-accident. I was a runner and craved that runner’s high. The ability to run again was taken from me. It took two years for the excruciating pain to subside and I was left with “normal” pain. It took me over three years just to muster up the courage to attend a beginners level yoga class. I made it half way through the class and my body gave out. My pride was hurt. I was competitive and always lead the way in my fitness classes. I had received an advance fitness certification just weeks before my accident. My spirit was crushed...but I didn’t give up.
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I kept pushing. I finally reached my target heart rate. Exercise intolerance was no longer an issue. I learned to embrace my new body and my newfound love, yoga. Yoga is challenging. It’s low impact, yet the full body-weight training combined with deep breathing effectively manages my pain and keeps my muscles strong. I am now participating in advanced yoga classes with military soldiers. And guess what—this girl can hold her own💁🏻‍♀️ Story continues in comments below👇🏻
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Why do we feel guilty for spending money on things that are good for our body and mind? I honesty don’t have much time for self care. 🧖‍♀️
The last and only time I had a spa day was exactly one year ago while I was in Colorado. Over the last year I’ve learned to appreciate self care and the benefits it can have on our bodies. 🌿The mud bath I had at @indianspringscalistoga help alleviate a good 75% of the joint pain I had caused by an autoimmune flare I’ve had for the last month. The cost of the spa treatment and pool pass for the day was $150 with tip. Anyone with RA will tell you that is a bargain!


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Really wishing we could party like this today for this guy’s 81st. Thankful for all the birthdays we got to eat Andy’s together and that one day we’ll have the biggest eternal party ever. I love you, Grandpa.


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13 years ago, I wasn’t even excited this kid was hanging out in my mom’s stomach. I thought our family of four was perfect the way it was. It didn’t take long, however, for 12 year old me to realize that this now 12 year old would become one of the biggest blessings of my life. Jansen Mattox, you keep me on my toes, make me laugh excessively, and despite the fact that you’re half my age, you’re one of my best friends and one of my favorite people. Thanks for being a miniature version of me so we can have the deepest of talks and the silliest of adventures. Let’s work on our self timer skills on the swings the next time we go to Hurt’s. Please don’t ever get too cool for me. I love you, bub.


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TESSA had a great time with her new friend DOVER today at Southerly Biscuit & Pie. It's always fun to educate the public about all the amazing work service dogs do!
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