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What I Need (but May Struggle to Ask for) During a Chronic Illness 'Mega-Flare'

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I’ve been living with chronic illness for nine years and in that time, I have come to understand how challenging it is to experience a flare that lasts for several days, weeks, or even months.

Often, these flares are more intense and painful than normal and it is difficult to explain their impact to friends and family. One of the tough realities of having a chronic illness is that both you and the people in your life get used to seeing you navigate physical pain on a regular basis. Frequent flares become a part of life.

And for better or worse, you and your relationships adjust to that truth. When this becomes the norm, others can struggle to understand and comprehend the depth of these extraordinarily difficult flares that are

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