There are tons of hardships in chronically ill people socially, economically, and academically. I’ll give you some examples that are what I’ve been going through and what I go through on an everyday basis.
This is probably the worst and hardest category of them all. I have to live a completely different life from all of my friends. I feel antisocial in a sense. The truth is I barely went out last semester because I can barely drink or keep up with my friends. It sucks. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. I miss out on opportunities daily and I’ll never get them back. I try to find replacements to fill the hole of sadness (i.e. a puppy which my doctor did not approve this visit.) Some people (and boys) won’t talk to me after they find out how sick I am which also sucks. Sometimes I imagine just dropping everything and driving away from all my problems. No pain, no restrictions, no sleepiness, no pills etc. I will never get that which is upsetting. I can’t just run away from my problems, instead I have to look at them in the eyes everyday of my life.
Having an autoimmune disease is very costly. I feel like such a detriment on my family. I know I’m only 21 but I wish I could contribute to all my medical expenses. I can’t have a job and haven’t had one since I was 16. Do you know how bad that looks on my resume? I’m worried my career in the future. I hope I will get some opportunity to prove that I’m more than just an illness.
I am an example of someone who can barely function getting through school with a GPA of a 3.76 this semester. I didn’t even know if I was going to go back to school this semester and I did. I did better than ever. Even though this was my best semester I never ever did worse than a 3.0. I’ve been so dedicated to get through college even though I have a double life of doctors and blood work and medication and a body attacking me.
Bottom line: I’ll be okay and so will you.