I’d like to take the time to share something that’s been on my heart the past few days. I am currently down with the stomach bug so between binge watching Netflix and reading I’ve been doing some thinking. It’s more of a rant so I’m warning you now. I just need to get this off my chest.
Most of you know that I struggle with fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that causes widespread body pain, fatigue and cognitive difficulties (“fibro fog”) I also suffer from bipolar disorder, ADHD, PCOS, anxiety and depression.
I physically and mentally CANNOT work at this present time. I have applied for disability and have a hearing next Wednesday, June 27th. My lawyer thinks I have a very good chance at winning due to all my health issues.
However, most people look at me and think I’m just being lazy and think I just don’t want to work.
“Change your mindset” they tell me. “You’ll feel better”
It’s not about my “mindset.” I physically cannot work. Don’t you think I WANT to be able to work and provide for myself? Don’t you think I feel ashamed that I can’t provide for myself? That I can’t help out more around the house? It’s downright embarrassing.
You know what though? I shouldn’t feel ashamed about any of this. I have health problems. I didn’t ask for them.
I want people to know how badly it hurts when I’m called lazy.
It’s not laziness. I just wish I could get people to understand this.
The pain is real, folks. And words hurt.