16 Clever Ways People Describe Their Chronic Conditions
Most people with chronic conditions spend a lot of time explaining. And when you find yourself doing this often, it can be fun now and then to get a little creative with the explanation.
We asked our readers who live with chronic conditions to share the lighthearted, humorous, snarky or creative ways they’ve explained their conditions.
This is what they had to say:
1. “When asked how I’ve been, I often reply, ‘Oh, I’ve had my ups and downs’ — I have bipolar disorder and type 1 diabetes, so this covers both my moods and my blood sugar levels.” — Tammy Fulton O’Hara
4. “I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and when I get up from sitting or walking my joints pop. If someone hears it or looks at me, I just give them a smile and say, ‘Snap, crackle, pop. Rice Crispies.’ Makes us both giggle and makes things lighthearted.” — Arianna Lea Nyswonger
9. “I’m a type 1 diabetic, and I wear an insulin pump. I like to explain how I wear my pancreas on my hip and sometimes forget it in the bathroom.” — Alicia Matz
10. “I have myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and describe it as like being a phone battery. Healthy people wake up at 100 percent, fully charged. I wake up at 10 percent if I’m lucky, and have to function on that little energy. I also describe it as feeling permanently hungover except you haven’t had the fun the night before; a hangover is something many can relate to!” — Hay Green
11. “I tell people our bodies are like cars and I got a lemon.” — Amanda Keehn
12. “I have severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). I did not beat up my younger sister when she called me a ‘salad shooter.’ (We’re both above the age of 43. Maturity is for grown-ups.)” — Melanie Parrott
14. “Asthma. Arthritis. Bipolar disorder. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase (CPS). Diabetes. Fibromyalgia. Insomnia. My mood swings are up and down like Tigger on a pogo stick.” — Sam Edwards
15. “I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome; I still do gymnastics when I can. Some of the folks at the gym just didn’t get it, so I said I can do the splits easily but I can’t get up off the floor afterwards.” — JBOT – Adaptive Disability Lifestyle Facebook page
16. “I have a pacemaker. I tell people I’m battery operated.” — Derek Canas
What’s your favorite lighthearted or creative way of describing your chronic illness? Let us know in the comments below!