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If Illness Makes You Feel Older Than You Are, These 14 Memes Might Make You Laugh

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When you live with chronic illness, the pain, fatigue, cognitive issues and other symptoms can slow you down, and cause you to live a bit differently than your healthy friends and family. It can be hard to relate to others your age – whether you’re a teenager, or in your 20s, 30s, 40s or so on – when they want to go out late partying, or spend the day outside, or engage in strenuous physical activity. Perhaps you may find yourself relating more to those who are elderly, and maybe move at a slower pace, or have more physical limitations than most people your age.

There is zero reason to be ashamed of identifying with an older crowd. Hey, who says you can’t have just as much fun knitting or chilling at home as you can hiking or dancing? But it can be a bit humorous sometimes – how many young people have more in common with their grandparents than with their friends or peers?

If you feel like your body somehow missed the memo about youth and decided to fast forward to the aches and pains of old age, you may enjoy the following memes.


how old your body feels: cartoon of old man
via @chronicillnessmemes Instagram


they say you're only as old as you feel. I think I may be an exhumed mummy or something.
via @supportforspoonies Instagram


friends: saturday night plans: me: *cat wrapped in blanket*
via @supportforspoonies Instagram


my body is a temple. ancient and crumbling, probably cursed or haunted
via @bunnynohoogie Twitter


I'm too young to feel this old
via Chronic Illness Cat WordPress


people talk about having an inner child. I don't. I have an inner old lady who says inappropriate things, tells everyone to be quiet and wants to go to bed by 8
via @supportforspoonies Instagram


older person: I'm in pain all the time, it must be nice to be young
via @graces_normal Instagram


I think my spoonie age is 85, maybe 87...
via spoonies4ever Tumblr


oh the weather outside is frightful and my joint pain is not delightful. and since it's got so darn cold, I feel old! I feel old, I feel old
via @supportforspoonies Instagram


"you're still a rockstar," I whisper to myself as I take my multivitamin and get in bed at 9:00
via @the_spoonie_chronicles Instagram


the tin man trying to do yoga and saying "this is bullshit"
via @thefairiegirl Instagram


22 years old? more like 82
via Pinterest


everyone's out doing stuff. I'm just at home like... turn up
via @supportforspoonies Instagram


Isn't it amazing how I can feel so bad and still look so good?
via @ncs_spoonie Instagram
Originally published: June 4, 2018
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