I know I filled out this meme from the Invisible Illness Week website last year, but many things change in a year and quite a few of my responses are different, so I'm filling it out again to cover up the fact that I'm feeling too unwell to produce a decent article or essay.
1. The illness I live with is:
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, inflammatory arthritis.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:
fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis- April 2007; endometriosis- July 2007, chronic fatigue syndrome- July 2011
3. But I had symptoms since:
endometriosis- 2004, chronic fatigue syndrome and inflammatory arthritis- mid 2006, fibromyalgia- December 2006.
4. The biggest adjustment I've had to make is:
Learning to live with limitations and finding different dreams to focus on within these limitations.
5. Most people assume:
That I'm too young to have arthritis. Ever heard of the term hereditary?
6. The hardest part about mornings are:
Waking up feeling like I've been hit by a bus and wondering how the heck I am going to get through another day.
7. My favourite medical TV show is:
8. A gadget I couldn't live without is:
My laptop. Hands down. Blogging would be near impossible without it.
9. The hardest part about nights are:
Being unable to sleep because of pain.
10. Each day I take:
(7) pills and (8) vitamins (no comments, please)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I:
Will stay away from anything that claims to have a cure. I'm pretty skeptical due to past experiences.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose:
Invisible. As much as living with an invisible illness is incredibly difficult, I am so thankful that I can still pass for "normal" and have control over who knows about my illnesses.
13. Regarding working and career:
I am currently unable to work due to a flare in fatigue and unresolved back pain. I hope to be able to go back and study early childhood education one day.
14. Most people would be surprised to know:
That chronic fatigue syndrome has more symptoms than just fatigue and that the word "fatigue" doesn't even come close to describing how debilitating this illness can be.
(Yes, this is me in 2007, 6 months after diagnosis. I told you I can have anyone fooled that I represent the epitome of "healthy")