Chronic illness is a serious thing, but sometimes all you can do is give up and have a good laugh about it. Here are some chronic illness memes that pay homage to the experience of someone with an autoimmune disorder or other chronic condition.
Inspired by our own experience plus the research we put into our previous article, Gift Ideas for People with Chronic Illness.
Things people with chronic illness think about…
There’s the long story, and the false story. Pick one.
It’s weird how people think that by simply talking about what’s going on in your life you’re being negative. It’s like you should just not have those symptoms, and not spend your time trying to get better, just magically be better. Yay. It’s especially hard to not think about this stuff all the time when this is a regular occurrence:
This happens once or twice a day. Or three times. Or four.
Things people say…
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
“Have you tried essential oils?” lol
Yeah, I’ll get right on that. Unless the essential oils and St. John’s wort work first.
This is such a common comment. “Uh, so where did you say you got your medical degree?”
Oh the things you never thought you would truly consider until you experienced chronic pain….
“Oh, you’re only 24? Sorry, I’ll keep looking for someone in their 70s.” – No chronic condition ever.
Wait, wut? Your condition is actually serious? I thought you were just being dramatic… that’s why I keep asking:
What don’t you understand about the word “chronic”?
Every now and then you can talk to someone and watch the light bulb go on in their brain: “If your pain level is an 8/10 every day, that means on a bad day….”
People really actually say stuff like this. “But I have chronic pain and I have plenty of energy because I take this supplement, you should totally try it!” Shut. Up.
Living the life…
I try to tell myself not to mess with me, but I don’t listen.
What’s that, grandma? You take 12 different medications every day? Psh, rookie.
Having a conversation with an uninitiated doctor or nurse can be a little confusing.
This is literally what happens inside our bodies. Actually this isn’t very funny.
Oh, the side effects!