1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 diabetes, depression, sinusoidal tachycardia, PTSD, symptoms of OCD, chronic pain (currently something that no one wants to deal with)
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: T1D-2002, depression-2006, sinusoidal tachycardia-2006, everything else is currently undiagnosed because my doctors don't want to deal with it
3. But I had symptoms since: T1D-2002, depression-2000, sinusoidal tachycardia-2004, PTSD-1999, symptoms of OCD-since always, chronic pain-2010
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Learning how to make life doable with each new wrench
5. Most people assume: I'm a lazy, fat person who ate too much sugar as a kid and just needs to try some cinnamon and try harder to be happy
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Finding the motivation to get out from under the covers
7. My favorite medical TV show is: I don't watch medical TV shows
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My meter
9. The hardest part about nights are: Getting my mind to shut off to I can fall asleep
10. Each day I take:
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Refuse to try unless there's multiple studies showing benefit. Why waste my money?
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: To stick with what I know
13. Regarding working and career: I'm looking for work right now. Please hire me. :D
14. People would be surprised to know: I can appear to be extroverted when the circumstances are right
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: How many people walked out of my life because of these new realities
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Kick as much ass as I have
17. The commercials about my illness: Are so stereotypical, sometimes I facepalm
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Not caring about my health and limits
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Attempting to be perfect at everything
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Activism!
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Feel really weird, because "normal people" "normal" is just...not going to happen. Ever. It'd be like living in an alien's body for a day.
22. My illness has taught me: My limits
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "Can you eat that?" Of course I can...unless you poisoned it. Then you can eat it.
24. But I love it when people: Fight with me against all the hateful ignorance
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: You are not alone
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: You are not alone
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Another 5-10 years, waiting for results.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: Let me rest and help me get what I needed to feel well again.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: Voices of all of us with invisible illnesses need to be heard
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Grateful for you time!