Over the weekend, HuffPost published an essay that I've—‘til now—been anxious about people reading. While I've been open about my chronic pain and illness, I haven't fully written about the extreme mental toll they’ve taken on me, amongst other challenges, with both daily and long-term effects. This essay is an attempt to untangle some of that complexity, and create a space for me—and others living with chronic illness—to, at the very least, sit with. Hopefully, by doing so, we can together reach—or become more open to the idea of someday striving for—a place of radical acceptance.
I've woken up to over a hundred emails and direct messages this morning, from folks all over, sharing their stories with me, and thanking me for sharing mine. It echoes the importance of community, one of which I am so happy and grateful to have found. If you're struggling to adjust to life with chronic illness, this essay is for you. I hope that you feel seen, heard, and—most of all—validated.
With love and solidarity,