Effects of an Invisible Disability

Hello Readers!

I know, it’s been awhile. Life has been slightly hectic. I don’t know if I have ever mentioned it (my guess is no), but I live with a chronic illness that decided to rear it’s ugly head recently. I have Crohn’s disease, and frankly it sucks. If you do not know what Crohn’s is, here is a short description from someone with no medical education or background, just a lived experience:

Crohn’s disease, a subsection of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), is an autoimmune disorder that effects the digestive system. The immune system attacks the entire digestive track causing inflammation, scaring, possible obstructions, and possible perforations. A few symptoms include cramping, diarrhea, fevers, weight loss, and abdominal bleeding. When a person with Crohn’s is experiencing symptoms, it is known as “flaring”. A flare can last anywhere from a few hours to literal years.

The most important part of Crohn’s disease to understand is this, there is no cure and treatment for Crohn’s is lifelong. These symptoms can be debilitating, which is why Crohn’s disease is considered an invisible disability.

Why am I bringing this up? I wanted you to know why I have been gone for so long. You see, living with this kind of illness can make life difficult to deal with. The things I love to do often become impossible. I have not experienced a Crohn’s flare in my adult life and it is VERY difficult to adjust to a new town, a new (now former) job, and marriage when you are not feeling 100%. Needless to say, my health has definitely effected this blog, and my life in general. Stress has been a real and unfortunate factor and my writing, like most other things I enjoy doing, has fallen to the wayside. I am still not 100%, but I do appear to be getting a little bit better. I’m not saying I will be committing to posting every Wednesday like I had hoped, but I will be back to writing more blogs! Until next, I hope you have a wonderful day.

Peace, love, and my prayers for you,

The Soaring Magpie

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties” 

Helen Keller

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