HealthCentral strives to be a space for patients by patients. Here, we have people from all over the country living with all sorts of chronic conditions contributing to our site. We asked them one simple question: what is it REALLY like? Here's what they said.
It taught them that they deserved a better lifestyle.
Sometimes, they feel invisible and alone.
It might actually be an opportunity.
You're not just the one receiving care, sometimes even with a chronic condition, you have to step up as a caregiver.
Sometimes, it's empowering.
It's not a constant thing, but when it hits, it can be difficult.
When you are the one providing care for someone living with a chronic condition, sometimes you can't catch a break. Remember to take care of yourself too.
Their conditions are often misunderstood and misrepresented by the media.
It can teach you about relationships and more about yourself.
Sometimes, it's not necessarily a death sentence and it's useful to view it with some humor.
What about you? What are some things you've come to realize after living and thriving with your chronic condition?