Grief and Everything, All at Once.

One of the challenges of living with complex chronic illness is that when one thing goes wrong, an avalanche of problems is soon to follow. At least that's been my experience, just about every single time I get what I call "regular people sick." This includes things like colds, the flu, sinus infections, and my recent nemesis, the stomach virus. A stomach virus that showed up just in time to help my dysautonomia make me very aware of it for Dysautonomia Awareness Month, and the two year anniversary of a medical procedure that was supposed to be simple and routine, but turned out to be anything but routine and simple.

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Feeling like a corpse at Death Salon

I spend a lot of my time encouraging my loved ones and others to take their health and their symptoms seriously. Sadly, I have a really hard time taking my own advice. Two weeks ago I started experiencing a lot of disruptive GI symptoms that I attributed to increased stress. By this weekend those symptoms hadn't stopped, and I still didn't really do anything about it. I resolved to continue ignoring it so I could attend a conference in Philadelphia that I had bought a ticket to and booked accommodations for at a time when I was feeling much better than I have been for the last few weeks.

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Scary Diagnoses on This Week's Dear Sugar

On this week's episode of Dear Sugar Radio, "When Bad Things Happen," Cheryl and Steve answer two letters from people facing scary diagnoses: an artist and graphic designer, dealing with Major Depression, and facing the loss of his sight after a diagnosis of Glaucoma; and the mother of a little girl, born with a congenital heart defect and facing a lifetime of health and accessibility challenges, while also dealing with her husband's recent Bipolar Disorder diagnosis, and her own diagnostic journey with a recently discovered spinal lesion.

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