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The Overlapping Emotions of Chronic Illness and the Pandemic

Navigating the “COVID-19 lifestyle” and it’s ever changing restrictions in a body that’s also living with chronic illness has been emotionally confusing. The precautions we’ve needed to take to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our families safe have relieved some of the pressure that exists from lacking the stamina or capability to engage and “keep up” with “normal” life. A lesson I’ve had to learn over and over again in my own chronic illness journey is how to navigate being forced to constantly take “stock” of my energy levels.

Before committing to anything (a quick phone call, a shower or an errand out of the house), I’ve had to get used to checking in with my body and assess how many “spoons” it will cost me (chronic illness lingo for

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