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The Truth About Chronic Illness in College


As I write this post I am sitting in my bed with a heating pad on my back and a brace on my left wrist, having recently turned down going out dancing with some friends due to being too worn down from a day of sitting in an office and going out for dinner.

I will wake up tomorrow morning and feel exhausted, despite having gotten around 9 hours of sleep. I will eat a full breakfast to help maintain my blood sugar and then I will go to one meeting, three classes, and usually one or two more meetings after my classes. Then I will get home, take a nap, take some Advil, do some homework, edit a blog post, and do it all again.

That’s a good day. Other days aren’t nearly as productive and leave me in bed due to pain or fatigue the entire day.

I live with 2 chronic illnesses. Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. In short, my body is attacking itself and killing my immune system, and my joints are in constant pain and inflammation due to a connective tissue disorder.

I won’t sugar coat it – being “young” and living with a chronic illness is incredibly difficult. Here are some truths about living with a chronic illness in college, and what you can do to help if you have a friend going through the same thing.

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