This is so true. I know that there are many who are wary of anyone claiming pain or exhaustion without an obvious physical cause and an external manifestation, but I am hopeful that attitudes are slowly adapting. Sadly, it is happening because incidents involving inflammatory conditions are increasing by leaps and bounds; many who were skeptical got up close and personal with one of those invisible conditions they always used to mock.

And i don’t wish that on anyone.

Hope you are coping as well as you can. I guess sometimes it’s all we can do. I have FMLA for my bipolar disorder, and every time I have to call in to work and use a day, I am wracked with guilt, like i’m faking or lying, even though i’m not. I’m just so used to the eye rolls and the irritation about my “special treatment” that it’s almost like i believe them. I just want to say, sure, I could come in, but I PROMISE YOU DON’T WANT ME TO.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.