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18 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Live With Chronic Illness

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As many people who live with chronic illness know, laughter is sometimes the best medicine. A sense of humor can be essential to getting up each day and moving forward despite the many challenges that chronic illness may bring with it.

The Mighty teamed up with the AutoimmuneMom to ask our readers to share with us some of their favorite memes about chronic illness.

Here’s what you sent us: 


chronic illness meme: auto-immune disease, because the only thing tough enough to kick my ass is me
Submitted by Melissa A.


chronic illness memes: when i'm feeling down and someone says suck it up i get the urge to break their legs and say walk it off
Submitted by Talia T.


chronic illness meme: oh, what's that you say? i don't look sick? well.. you don't look stupid but...
Submitted by Leanne W.


chronic illness meme: oh my cousin's friend's sister's girlfriend used to have that, she had magic healing moon fossils implanted under her skin and now she's fine, you should ask your doctor about that
Submitted by Tabitha H.


chronic illness meme: i am not anxious, i am just extremely well educated about the things that can go catastrophically wrong
Submitted by Katie S.


chronic illness meme: my whole body hurts from not doing anything today
Submitted by Leah L.


chronic illness meme: why are there never any good side effects? just once i'd like to read a medication bottle that says may cause extreme sexiness
Submitted by AutoimmuneMom


chronic illness meme: being alive is so fucking expensive
Submitted by Leah L.


chronic illness meme: you can't have that condition you're too young! if only it had asked ID
Submitted by Sarah M.


chronic illness meme: you've got it backwards actually, i'm faking being well
Submitted by AutoimmuneMom


chronic illness meme: when i'm trying to keep all my conditions in check
Submitted by Christina C.


chronic illness mem: pain lets you know you are still alive. man i feel so, so, so alive right now
Submitted by AutoimmuneMom


chronic illness meme: recovery expectations vs. reality
Submitted by Karin U.


chronic illness meme: they say always trust your gut. have you met my gut? you don't want to trust that bastard.
Submitted by Jayne O.


chronic illness meme: the face you make when your doctor says let's try this new medicine
By Stephanie N.


chronic illness meme: i think your IBD is all in your head. don't make me eat one of my trigger foods and lock you in a room with me.
Submitted by Jayne O.


chronic illness meme: i can't diabetes today. don't make me diabetes today...
Submitted by Andrea S.


chronic illness meme: i may be chronically ill but i'm also chronically fabulous
Submitted by Jayne O.
18 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Live With Chronic Illness

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Originally published: October 28, 2015
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