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15 Memes That Nail What It's Like Working With a Chronic Illness

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The Mighty
After reading and seeing these memes, I decided this doesn't just apply to having to work with a chronic illness. I can see these applying to Ian as he had to go to school and just do things on a daily basis. He may not have known or understood what he was feeling and how to explain it at the time...but I would venture to say that this is it. In addition, I know that over the years of caring for Ian, I and I'm sure Brian and Becca at times, felt all of these as well.
Living with a chronic illness can often feel like a full-time job in itself, and many of those who struggle with illness work at a paid job as well. Working can have many benefits, such as money (of course), but also health insurance, social interaction, personal development and a sense of responsibility. For some, work may be an important part of your identity or give you a chance to do something you’re passionate about. But it can be difficult to keep up with all the responsibilities and expectations o…

15 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Go to the Doctor With a Chronic Illness

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For many people, going to the doctor for the flu, a major injury or even just a check-up is often fairly routine. The doctor diagnoses the issue, provides you with medication or a course of treatment, and soon you're back to feeling healthy. But for those with chronic illness, doctor appointments can be a much different store.

First of all, having a "chronic" illness unfortunately means there's no cure, and certainly no easy fix. Different medications and treatments may help you manage your symptoms, but often this requires working with your doctor to go through a great deal of trial and error. But this assumes your doctor is familiar with your condition, and has ideas about how to help you. In reality, many doctors aren't super knowledgeable about every rare, chronic condition out there. It may take multiple visits to multiple specialists to find a medical team that can help you manage your illness.

Although going to the doctor is necessary, it can sometimes be a …