Although CHD Transposition of the Great Arteries is my main illness it isn’t my only chronic illness. Many of those with chronic illness, don’t just live with one chronic illness, most of us have multiple chronic illnesses and mental health issues.
I always feel weird about listing off my multiple illnesses. Maybe it’s the stigma that surrounds those with multiple illnesses. We are made feel like we are complaining too much, that we are hypochondriacs.
I have a congenital heart defect, but I also have chronic migraines, I have chronic pelvic pain (with possible endometriosis), I’m autistic, I have anxiety disorder, OCD, I deal with depression, I have recovered from an eating disorder, and mental health issues.
My other chronic illness warriors out there how do you feel about sharing your multiple chronic illnesses? Do you feel like there is stigma around it?
I am feminist writer and poet trying to raise awareness on topics such as mental health and physical disabilities. I often write about things such as invisible illnesses and mental health/illness related topics.
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