For almost 19 years I have had to haul fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue around with me. Some days you haul yourself out of bed and the whole day is like hauling yourself up a mountainside. Other days it’s like trying to see through the dense fog that covers that mountainside and it makes your brain function feel like it’s caught in a time-lapse photography project.
But stay positive because there is a plus side! There is a valuable haul of learning that comes from an invisible illness… Never again will you make the assumption when you look at someone that their live is perfect because you know how it feels to be told how great you look despite barely holding it together in either or both body and mind. Similarly when somebody tells you their struggles, you will be well placed to really empathise because you know what it is to struggle. Or when someone tells you they are their own worst enemy or that they struggle to accept their illness, you will be well equipt to understand and having learnt some tips and tricks that eased the journey, you are only too happy to share them if it can ease someone else’s struggle.
So you decide…will it be something you begrudgingly haul with you
Will you treasure your valuable haul and put your learning to good use?