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Hi, my name is Heal_84. I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my story.
Hi, my name is Jillian :). I’m new to The Mighty and look forward to sharing my true… YES, it IS true, story!
Upon waking I am taken aback by grief some days. Life is always more good than bad, there is so much joy to be had, but there is also the grieving that is a part of that. The loss of what you thought your life would be and the time you would have are felt too. They are also a gift, I know I have less time and I don’t know what the future holds, so each day is a gift and each challenge an opportunity.
I have in my disease process had a lot of losses, but primarily physical. I know I won’t be able to do the physical things I do much longer and chronic pain is just my reality. This time I feel like I am losing myself, and I am, there is a mental decline and that scares me. As an acedemic my brain has been very important to me. I am losing memory, I am struggling to make decisions, my acuity is declining. I am losing myself, parts of what makes me, me. That terrifies me, but already I am adapting and learning new ways around it. We are hoping this is due to Parkinson’s, not my mitochondrial disease or another genetic condition… one has a treatment, the other does not. Never thought I would be wishing for Parkinson’s. 😂 No matter what it is I will adapt, I will figure it out and find my joy, but for now I will allow myself grieve.
#EhlersDanlosSyndrome #MastCellActivationDisorder #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #MitochondrialDisease #Addison ’sdisease #Asthma #CeliacDisease #PTSD #Abunchofrarediseases
For the disabled community: if you were building your dream home what would you put in it for accessibility?
I am so very lucky to be able to build a new home and put in all the things I need now and will need in the future. A wheelchair is most likely not too distant in the future for me.
On the plans I have adapted all doorways wider, all sinks accessible, my bathroom (walk in tub and vanity with space to roll up to), kitchen (microwave drawer, space to sit for food prep), ramps, tall toilets… what am I missing? What annoys you about your space? What do you wish you had to make life easier?
I hope everyone is well and has a wonderful thanksgiving!
I am so grateful for all the amazing people in my life; family, friends, students and puppies.
What are you grateful for?
Trying to focus on the beauty around me to distract myself. This is one of the amazing views I see on my morning trike ride. Saw my ENT surgeon yesterday, plan in place… trying new meds first, surgery as back up plan (which is good because all non-emergency surgeries were just cancelled where I live because our Covid numbers are so high). Brain MRI tomorrow and hopefully the neurologist soon. Always an adventure with my health. There is so much beauty all around me though; the smile of the Mom I helped navigate online learning today, the excitement of my pups when I go upstairs, the smile I can hear in my partner’s voice on the phone, the I love you text from my teenagers and the wind on my face as I ride into the sunset in the morning. Life is always more good than bad. Send some good energy my way that a) a brain exists 😂 and b) it is nothing too scary 😋. #Asthma #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #Addison ’sdisease #MitochondrialDisease #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Abunchofrarediseases #MastCellActivationDisorder
I got approved for my medical accommodations to teach from home! 😃 Teaching Jr. High Career and Technology Foundations, so excited for a new challenge. Teaching brings me so much joy!
Though my health is a constant battle and every day I wake is a gift and miracle life is always more good than bad. I’m finding ways to renovate my home to have my family be able to stay in the house again, my partner is amazing, I have the best job… I am lucky.
Fourth Camp trip of the year, so much fun… so exhausting, but so fun! Been a great summer so far to get out and enjoy nature. What do you like to do outside?
#PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #Asthma #MastCellActivationDisorder #Addison ’sdisease #abunchofrarediseaes