To those of you/us who are struggling with hidden illnesses, holidays can be hard. We often force ourselves to go to different events because we don’t want to feel left out or appear antisocial or feel embarrassed. But it’s hard to participate with celebratory activities when you can’t eat certain foods or drink certain beverages, your body aches, you need to be close to a restroom, you can’t be in the heat or sun, you have to take your meds, you can’t participate in physical activities…the list of “cants” goes on and on. And you just grin and bear it when you get the inevitable questions, “Why aren’t you…” fill in the blank.
My wish for you today and every day is that you find peace in doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. You’d be surprised how many people are fighting hidden health battles of their own or who are more than willing to accommodate your needs. Feel courageous enough to say “no thanks,” bring your own food and drink, leave early or arrive late or stay home and binge on Netflix. You are not alone. I’m in this fight with you.