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    A life worth living with chronic illness

    I guess if I want to tell my story, I have to go all the way back to the day I was born. I was due in September but born in the end of June. I wasn't expected to survive, but I did. But my lungs were compromised. I had pneumonia twice before the age of one. At six, I was diagnosed with asthma, at twelve I had my first severe asthma attack. Still, I went through school a three season athlete and an elite vocalist. I wasn't about to let my lungs get the best if me. But when I got sick, which I did often, it was serious. It usually went to my lungs, and it usually kept me from doing the things I loved. My asthma only got worse through college, and I eventually stopped playing sports, though I kept singing. Over time, I began being hospitalized for my asthma, sometimes over a week at a time. Then the other diagnoses began to roll in. Bipolar I Disorder. Anxiety. Hypothyroidism. PTSD. Then the bigger ones. As if those mental health diagnoses aren't. It was Antiphospholipid Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes my blood to clot. Then Common Variable Immunodeficiency. My B cells don't make antibodies, so I have to plan around weekly infusions if human gamma globulin. And I'm staring down the barrel of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. It's overwhelming.

    After being declared disabled and receiving SSDI payments monthly, I got a job on a horse farm. We cater to differently abled individuals who wouldn't be able to ride elsewhere. It's amazing. And it reminds me that no matter how sick I am, how many doctor's appointments I have to go to in a week, there is a place I can go where I am lived, appreciated, and successful despite my chronic illnesses.

    The takeaway? Life with chronic illness is tough. But find somewhere you belong, and life won't just be about being sick. It will be worth living.

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    True or False: I feel like my doctor makes time for me.

    <p>True or False: I feel like my doctor makes time for me.</p>
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    Moving forward can mean leaving the past behind. We’ve come so far and yet we still have so much to learn. What is something helpful you’ve learned?

    <p>Moving forward can mean leaving the past behind. We’ve come so far and yet we still have so much to learn. What is something helpful you’ve learned?<br></p>
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    Let life surprise you…what’s an obstacle you have that is holding you back from happiness?

    <p>Let life surprise you…what’s an obstacle you have that is holding you back from happiness?<br></p>
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    What symptom of bipolar disorder is most challenging for you to manage?

    <p>What symptom of <a href="https://themighty.com/topic/bipolar-disorder/?label=bipolar disorder" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce6600553f33fe98e465" data-name="bipolar disorder" title="bipolar disorder" target="_blank">bipolar disorder</a> is most challenging for you to manage?</p>
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    #anxious . Trial for the man who sexually abused me in two weeks

    I’m so anxious about the upcoming trial. How do you prepare for this! Will I be believable.? Will my husband support me through this ordeal? How will I deal with a not guilty verdict or a guilty verdict? All these thoughts and many more keep me awake at night and fill me with dread. I’m diagnosed with bipolar 1 and BPD. The stress of this trial is not helping my mental health symptoms. I’m manic, and anxious! #mental Health #anxious #Doubts

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    What's your go-to technique for relieving stress with bipolar disorder?

    <p>What's your go-to technique for relieving stress with <a href="https://themighty.com/topic/bipolar-disorder/?label=bipolar" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce6600553f33fe98e465" data-name="bipolar" title="bipolar" target="_blank">bipolar</a> disorder?</p>
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    What’s one good thing you can say about your body today?

    <p>What’s one good thing you can say about your body today?</p>
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    Introduction

    Hi everyone! I just got diagnosed with bad and bipolar type 1 via the hospital. They didn't give me too much information but I'm reading some of the saved posts and I'm noticing a LOT of overlap with my autism dx. I have a lot of trauma but my ASD symptoms started before most of the trauma. I have therapy a week from tomorrow. Have any of you noticed the overlap? How do you manage the overwhelmingness of such big, stigmatized diagnoses?

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    Quitting smoking with depression

    I quit smoking for a month and a half and then something stressful happened with a family member and I went and bought a pack. And another and another. I'm starting over tomorrow. I know smoking doesn't help with stress but my bipolar depression has become unmanageable most days and I guess it's a comfort/crutch. I keep telling myself I have things to live for and being healthy will ensure I'm alive for as long as possible. I'm feeling quite defeated today and would really appreciate some encouragement. #quittingsmoking #Smoking #NicotineDependence #Addiction #Bipolar1Disorder #Psychosis #Anxiety #Depression

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