… to my convictions because doing otherwise had serious consequences. I had to say no to food a lot. Sometimes I also had to say no to social events. I had to speak up for myself and explain what I could and could not eat more times than I wanted. I spent a lot of time alone because most events are not much fun when you are the only one not eating. I found different hobbies and learned to discern what I actually enjoyed. It was how I got through life with chronic illness.
Sarah Hope Marshall
I really enjoyed this piece, after my fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis diagnosis, I had to change my lifestyle completely. I couldn’t party and stay up late like I once did before and now I usually have to wait until the day of to know if I can physically go to an event or not. My identity was the party girl and now I don’t really know who I am, I’m happier and healthier now though. Sending gentle hugs.