But you look so healthy…

Having an invisible illness means not only do people presume you are fit and healthy but are shocked when you tell the truth. Not only does it mean strangers look at you weird, others around look at you and think that your putting it on. Some days I can move on, and deal with it but others day it’s hard too.

I was wanting to discuss this more, but I recently spotted a blogger doing a 30 questions invisible tag. I thought I would explain more on here, on what it’s like to be me each day.

  1. The illness I live with is: I have IBS, Fibromyalgia, BPD, depression, anxiety and bipolar.
  2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: I’ve had IBS  since I was 15 and Fibromyalgia when I was 24 and BPD from 30 years old.
  3. I’ve had the symptoms since: my stomach can cramp, be uncomfortable, fuzzy headed, pain throughout my body, paranoia, depression and emotional mood swings.
  4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make: havving to adjust my life, to not ead food that can set me off, take rest days and keep positive on dark days.
  5. Most people assume: I’m happy with life, can deal with everything logically and don’t get upset – where it’s the absolute complete 100% opposite
  6. The hardest part about mornings are: waking up, I constantly feel tired and never feel refreshed with sleep! If I have a paranoia day it can make me feel worse.
  7. My favorite medical TV show is: anything with Dr Christian… I do like him!
  8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my Lumie Bodyclock, it’s the best alarm clock I have ever had!
  9. The hardest part about nights are: body to slow down, to stop worrying about what was said that day,
  10. How many tablets do you take: 9 each day.
  11. Regarding alternative treatments: I did acupuncture and it made me hallucinate twice, I would love to do light therapy!
  12. Regarding working and career: I work full time in Windsor in the charity sector, this job has been great, really helped me settling in and support me a lot.
  13. People would be surprised to know: Any of the issues I have, I don’t share it often!
  14. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Hold time a full time job and climb the o2!
  15. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: being less anxious when surrounded by people – social anxiety is awful!
  16. It was really hard to have to give up: friends who have come and gone.
  17. My illness has taught me: Who my real friends and family are.
  18. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: To Infinity and Beyond!
  19. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: buy me sweeties.
  20. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: loved. grateful. hopeful.
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