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I Didn't 'Overcome' My Chronic Illness

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People (often able-bodied people) like to talk about “overcoming” chronic illness. Let’s get one thing straight, I didn’t “overcome” anything.

I’m still sick and I’m always going to be. Even in times when I seem healthy or some of my illnesses are in remission, I’m still symptomatic and I still have to spend a crap ton of my time maintaining the others and dealing with the aftermath of the bad times.

I still have flares. I still have bad days. And being chronically ill is still a huge part of my identity. So no, I didn’t overcome anything.

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