Chronic Illness, Myositis, and Depression

The following are the comments I gave to a support group about my book, The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well with Autoimmune Disease and how one can use the messages within it to deal with the mild, acute, hopelessness, sadness, and even depression that sometimes results from flares of chronic illnesses like myositis.

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Yet another thing stolen from me by dermatomyositis...my bicycle

A message for my friends with chronic illnesses

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MYOSITIS-INDUCED DEPRESSION SOME COPING STRATEGIES TO BRING SOME LIGHT BACK TO YOUR DAY

Written with Jerry Williams

Living with Myositis is hard. Let’s just put out the truth and give light to the darkness:

  • Maybe you don’t feel well, although you can’t put your finger on why so you feel frustrated.
  • You can’t do the same things you could do ten years ago, one year ago, maybe even yesterday and it makes you angry.
  • You can’t lift your children, the groceries, or even a backpack/purse and you feel helpless.
  • You miss out on family activities due to fatigue and you feel alone.
  • Someone says “You don’t look sick to me,” and you feel doubted.
  • You have so much pain sometimes that you wonder if fighting is worth it, and you feel like giving up.
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