Do you ever feel like you always have to be on? You have to say the “right,” thing, act the “right way,” be witty, funny, but not too yourself.
If you have chronic illness, you might struggle to appear normal. You don’t want to stick out at work or be the anxious or troubled one amongst friends. You don’t want to be passed up for a promotion because of it or judged differently by acquaintances.
But all that hiding is tiring. At some point we either risk who we are or we lose ourselves.
That’s why a sense of community is important. If it’s unsafe to be yourself at work or with family, you can hang with friends who don’t care about your insecurities, but do care that you take care of yourself. Even if this means you leave early at events because you’re easily overwhelmed, take medication, see a therapist and don’t talk to your toxic relatives. They get it because they get you.
If we’re lucky, we have a lot of these people around. Sometimes we find them online. Whether you find them on our forums, Facebook or other groups like The Mighty, where is not as important as who we connect with.
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