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A Letter to Myself When I Cancel Plans Because of Chronic Illness

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Dear Annie, I know you debated for half an hour over how to phrase the text, but essentially the message was “I’m sorry, I won’t be able to come today because I’m sick.” It’s not a new message, because this isn’t a new occurrence.

Yes, it felt different because it was a new friend. It felt scarier — you’ve never told them about your chronic illness, so they have no context to understand why you had to cancel the plans that seemed fine yesterday.

It’s hard because it feels like your fault. After all, you’re the one who told your friend that you couldn’t do it. But it’s not your fault.

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