January 14, 2012

Time to Rant

I'll try to make it quick.

But this is for all those out there who suffer. Those who put on a smile and proceed with their day. For those of you who take medication multiple times a day and yet still suffer with day to day symptoms. For those of you who have created a new 'normal', lessening your expectation for a 'perfect' day of health.

I will never assume or make judgment on someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease or any other illness that makes you appear to be perfectly healthy. I will not claim to know how you feel nor claim to know what you are capable of. I will resist ignorance and strive to educate myself if I desire to understand even the tiniest of what you may go through.

I say this in response to my adventures with an autoimmune disease. I don't say these things to be rude, but rather to bring awareness to the ignorance of a lot of minds. Ignorance from people whose medical record peaks with the case of the flu. I say this with the desire for those to think twice before stating and to educate themselves if they feel so inclined to hold a real conversation about my health with me. Or simply ask me, because I would much rather share fact and truth than have you assume to know.

My health does effect my every day and I do think about it multiple times a day. It defines me medically, but not in my entirety. It has given me a chance to learn and discover, it has placed me in categories of great company; people who amaze me day in and day out. I have been blessed with an autoimmune disease that allows me to see people as a whole, not allowing me to assume I know just by sight. More people than you even know, people who you encounter everyday, put a smile on their face and proceed with life. They proceed with their days not expecting you to know or care, but hopeful that you leave your snide remarks for a different topic.

And now you know. :) 


  1. Isn't that the truth. People so often speak before they know the whole truth. May each of us be more responsible for the things we say to one another and be more understandings to the trials people face silently each day. Always in my prayers to be a comfort and a support to those in need. Lord may your holy spirit be our guide when we cross the paths of those that God places in our lives.
    cathy barrington

    1. Exactly. Being a comfort and a support is what I hope to be for others. And it's not to say my condition is awful; don't get me wrong, there is so much worse out there, but each day has a few extra chores that remind me that life is not as easy and carefree as it once was. Thanks for checking in on my blog :)