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30 things about my invisible illness you may not know.

1. The illness I live with is: Rheumatoid Arthritis
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2010
3. But I had symptoms since: 4th grade
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Having to pace myself
5. Most people assume: I’m just some lazy kid
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Brushing my hair/ getting out of bed
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Royal Pains [they just added a lupus patient] 🙂
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: iphone
9. The hardest part about nights are: Falling asleep
10. Each day I take _8_ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: I’m game!
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Visible, people wouldn’t be so horrible then
13. Regarding working and career: I will teach kindergarden if it kills me!
14. People would be surprised to know: That I OCCASIONALLY know when to quit
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: Accepting the fact that traveling will be problematic [I wanted to study in Australia]
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: Going to Italy and climbing over 1,500 stairs and 10 miles of walking a day
17. The commercials about my illness: suck and are inaccurate
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Orienteering
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Being super active
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Knitting
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: I don’t even know where to start. Eat whatever I wanted, Play contact sports, go shopping
22. My illness has taught me: To be patient with myself
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: “but you don’t look sick” “oh my grandma has arthritis!” “Do you REALLY need that parking spot?”
24. But I love it when people: Treat me like a normal person
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: “sometimes survival is success”
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: It’s terrifying now but it will get better.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How it affects EVERYTHING.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: Rub my feet, medicate me, and feed me
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I have an invisible illness
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Excited that people read my little blog 🙂

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