Hi, I’m Nic, and I’m sick.
Officially, my diagnoses include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Hemiplegic Migraines, regular Migraines, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Unofficially, my diagnoses include over-sharing, over-thinking, and over-caring, with a slight touch of talks-too-much-about-superheroes-and/or-my-dog.
I’m writing this blog because I have lived more than half my life as a Chronic (that’s with a capital C, y’all). There are so many misconceptions, misperceptions, and just plain frustrations when it comes to having an illness, especially one(s) that are invisible (but you look fine!) and lasting (yeah, this is never going away…). It’s hard to always answer “Okay,” when someone asks how I’m doing, because the answer is so much more complex. At the same time, it’s just as hard to answer with more detail, because not everyone has the patience or capacity to understand. I figure by writing about my life, maybe I can shed some light on what it’s like to be a twenty-something person with chronic illness, and maybe come out of my “Okay” shell a little bit.
I’m going to take a minute and say the standard disclaimers. I am not a doctor or medical professional. While I may relate my own personal experiences with medical treatments, it is for the purpose of sharing a story, not for giving advice, and should be taken as such.
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