"But You Don't Look Sick"
If you are a person living with an autoimmune disease or a chronic condition, you have likely heard these words. You may have even said these words to yourself. Life with a chronic illness is filled with many ups and downs. It is unpredictable and often it’s invisible. People often look great on the outside, family, friends, spouses and not even doctors don't understand the physical, mental and emotional pain that is felt inside. Have you ever felt this way?
Autoimmune & Chronic Illness
Autoimmune and chronic Illness signs & symptoms are often hard to see...
Invisible Illness refers to any medical condition that is not outwardly visible to others. It encompasses a broad range of conditions including heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, dementia, mental health conditions, substance use and even cancer.
The Snowflake Disease
Invisible illnesses have a way of making you feel defeated. They strikes when least expected. For many, they are in the prime of their lives when the condition strikes, for others they were living their best life before the diagnosis, for others maybe they had some insight into the condition before it struck.
In each of these cases, people are often filled with dreams and life expectations that did not include a diagnosis of a chronic condition. For many they have no clue why or how they ended up with the illness and the future may be filled with feelings of uncertainty.
Is there a cure for my condition? Will I be a burden to my family? Will I still be able to work? Is my condition hereditary? Are their alternatives to medications? Should I change my diet? Will exercise help? Will I lose a limb, my eyesight or my ability to walk? Will this pain ever get better?
The answer to all these questions is often unknown. Many invisible illnesses are known as snowflake diseases because people may have the same diagnosis but experience their condition in different ways.
Like a snowflake, individuals with autoimmune and chronic conditions may have a variation of symptoms that are different in severity, duration and allopathic treatment.
Invisible Illnesses The Silent Killer
Invisible Illnesses can be a silent killer. It can kill your hopes, your dreams, your confidence and your relationships. It can make even the simplest task that we used to enjoy difficult, like going to a movie with friends or a significant other. How many times do you think… how far will I have to walk?, how long is the movie?, how much did I drink today? What if my pain gets worse during the movie? What if I have a bowel issue? What if I fall? Then you think, no I’ll just stay home. Now your friends and family are upset because you always cancel events and blame it on a disease they can’t see.
But There Is Hope
Are you tired of constantly feeling defeated by your medical condition? Do you feel alone and like no one understands? Are you feeling defeated by your own thoughts about your illness? Are you tired of all of the medications and the doctors saying there is no cure and you won't be able to walk again, hang out with friends again, LIVE again?
Are you ready to learn how to live again
Are You Ready to Learn How To LEARN HOW to Live Your Life By Your OWN Design NOT By Your Diagnosis?
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