the little things

I have lived with recurrent major depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) since grade school. I also have grappled with  fibromyalgia for almost twenty years, even chronic illness. The back surgeries (a fusion and a Harrignton Rod) I underwent as a teenager to correct severe kyphosis and scoliosis did not exactly help matters–my pain specialist suspects they triggered my fibro; plus, as most folks with fibro understand, fibro likes company, so I also have migraines, Raynaud’s, arthritis, etc. I have discovered a wealth of support here on the blogosphere. Chronic illness, be it mental or physical, is damn lonely, and connecting with people who understand because they have the same struggles is healing. And quite often, chronic pain and depression go hand-in-hand.

Mental illness, of course, carries its own burden of loneliness, thanks in large part to the tremendous stigma attached to any diagnosis of mental illness; one of the reasons that I refuse to hide my difficulties is that the more people cover up and pretend they don’t have any mental health issues, the more the stigma gets reinforced.

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