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What I Mean When I Tell People With Chronic Illness to 'Be Selfish'

If you’ve spoken to me intimately or follow my story and you’re chronically ill, you’ve probably heard me tell you to “be selfish.” After a conversation with an able-bodied friend who didn’t quite understand why I would tell people that, I thought I’d elaborate.

I know this may be an unpopular opinion, but when you’re chronically ill, every little thing in your life can affect your illness.

Stress with friends, arguments with family, drama, even being uncomfortable can cause problems with your health. A flare up, a hospital visit, extra medication — all things we dread and don’t need.

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