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15 GIFs That Perfectly Describe Living With a Chronic Illness During the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult and stressful time if you have a chronic illness. It is often a tricky balancing act trying to enjoy the holidays while also taking enough time to rest and manage your health, and on tough days when your symptoms are flaring, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit at all.

Struggling with illness during the holidays isn’t funny, but sometimes, having a good laugh can make a difficult situation seem a little more manageable. If laughter helps you cope with your illness, then you might enjoy the following GIFs. Happy holidays!

1. When the stress of the holidays overwhelms your body:

Christmas Tree GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

2. When your illness makes you sensitive to the cold:

Bundle Up A Christmas Story GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

3. When people doubt your invisible illness, but you know your symptoms are real:

Santa Claus GIF by Look Human - Find & Share on GIPHY

4. When you finally make it home from a holiday party and collapse in bed:

Dead Santa Claus GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

5. When you’re trying to decorate but are low on energy:

Decorate Christmas Tree GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. When you’re getting excited about Christmas but then a flare hits out of nowhere:

Christmas Shopping GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

7. When someone asks if you need any pain relief products for Christmas:

Christmas GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

8. When you don’t have enough energy to cook a fancy Christmas dinner:

Praying Home Alone GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

9. When you’re fighting through your symptoms to spend time with loved ones:

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

10. When the prednisone kicks in and you’re feeling the holiday spirit:

The Grinch Mount Crumpit GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

 11. When you’re trying to keep all your illnesses under control:

Home Alone Love GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

12. When the cold weather starts affecting your circulation:

Olaf The Snowman GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

13. When a relative tries to offer you unsolicited medical advice over dinner:

Peter Dinklage Running GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

14. When you’re trying to plan out your holiday schedule:

Jim Carrey Love GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

15. When a loved one asks you questions so they can learn more about your illness:

Jess Day Christmas GIF by New Girl - Find & Share on GIPHY

All GIFs courtesy of GIPHY