I have had several chronic illnesses for almost two years. Since then, I discovered that there isn’t a lot out there on how to survive chronic illness. In 18 months, I’ve seen over 75 doctors in two different countries. To date, I have had ten hospital stays, not counting all the ER visits. While seeing new specialists every day, a diagnosis for several issues still eludes doctors. This journey started without any warning. On an average day when I was getting ready for work, my throat started to close. Everything went downhill from there. Different parts of my body ceased to work in the way I had become used to. I got every response in the book. Doctors told me I had everything from anxiety to a serious heart problem. After months of having no answers, I decided to be my own advocate. It was the only way to get through this situation unscathed. So I watched youtube videos on chronic illness. I researched causes for my health problems and to my shock, it led to several answers. If you’re even a little bit of a hypochondriac, I would stay away from this method. For the record, I don’t have any tumors like WebMD tried to suggest. Doctors know what they’re talking about 90% of the time. When it comes to rare diseases that aren’t often seen in the clinic, you become the outlier. I can’t tell you how many doctors I’ve had to examine me and by the end, all they can say is “That’s weird.” To which I reply, “Thank you, I know.” Now I have my service dog, Crush, and we’re here to create a how-to guide on how to survive chronic illness. To my surprise, I couldn’t find one. So I’m here to make one so that people like me can feel less alone and controlled by their unusual situation. From how to be more positive to what compression socks are best, I’ve got you covered.
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