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When you have an illness, sometimes you have to be selfish and just focus on yourself. It takes so much energy to try and please everyone else and it’s not worth all the emotional and physical stress. You have to do what’s best for you, even if other people are critical of you or don’t understand. You know your body better than anyone else and you can decide what activities you can and can’t do.
No one understands the chronic fatigue a chronic illness fighter feels...
- Me: I'm so exhausted...
- Healthy person: Oh, I don't think so! You don't know exhausted until you've gotten up at 5:30 in the morning and worked all day!
- Me: ...Because having my body at war against itself all day is not exhausting at all... *sigh
“That image of the man using a wheelchair beside the elevator telling him to walk is a particularly vivid one, but here’s the other thing -- not all disabled people use wheelchairs. A great many disabilities are invisible to the outside world, meaning you might look at a disabled person and never have any idea that they had a disability, even one that has an extreme impact on their lives and mobility. If we’re encouraged to think of the stairs as the morally superior choice for those not using wheelchairs, where does that leave the folks who don’t use wheelchairs but for whom climbing stairs is just as impossible? ”—
I wish this post existed last year when ableist assholes were complaining on Facebook about coworkers that were “so lazy” they used the elevator to go up one floor.
Sometimes, it’s like being trapped in your body. You want to sleep, but you can’t. You want to wake up in time for class, but you can’t. You want to keep the plans you’ve made with your friends, but you can’t. You want to hit the gym like you used to, but you can’t. You want to drive whenever you feel like it, but you can’t. Learning that sometimes you physically just can’t is the hardest lesson in the world, along with the slowest. You’ve got to get knocked off your feet by your own body a few times before it even begins to sink in. I’m still learning, I’ll always still be learning.
^ This is the most perfect description I’ve ever read.. Thankyou http://strongerthanthischallenge.tumblr.com/ :)