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Chronic Illness Bingo: You need to get out more. Are you getting enough sleep? You sleep too much. You don’t look sick. Positive thinking, My friend was cured by… Yesterday you ____ why can’t you today? Have you tried ___? You need to exercise. I wish I had time to nap. You should try this diet. Oh I get that too. Are you trying hard enough?. Dr Oz says… I wish I didn’t have to work. It could be worse. Just push through it. It’s made up by big pharma. You should stop _____ Are you better yet? You’re just stressed. I haven’t heard of that. Is it real? You have that because… You take too many medications.]
chronic illness skills:
-really good at getting blood drawn
-doing everything in pain
-know the best heating pads
-will sit on the floor if there are no chairs
-smarter than doctors sometimes tbh
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Don’t tell me “at least you don’t have cancer.”
People with cancer get fundraisers, candle light vigils, and Facebook fan pages.
People with chronic illness get
People with chronic illness get stigma.
And if it’s invisible?
People with chronic illness get labeled things like: lazy, over-dramatic, attention seekers, etc
YupPeople with chronic illness don’t have an end in sight
Sorry to hear you’re struggling—I know how hard it is. If you want to email/message me off anon and tell me the kind of material you’re studying, this might be more helpful.
But I will say that more than any other study “tip,” time management has become my bff this semester. I have to plan for flares, meaning I have to get ahead of my disease when I’m feeling good and would rather spend my ‘feeling good’ time doing something other than studying. Even if it’s just an hour, spend some time on your better days getting a half step ahead.
The other thing that helped me was making a commitment to a study group. If I commit to them to read a chapter or learn a concept by a certain date, I am less likely to put off doing that work when in pain. I know this doesn’t solve the pain issue—I get that—but sometimes it’s easier to focus on the bigger picture when you have a group of people supporting each other. So consider creating a study group and meet with them often.
- Important: find a group where you feel comfortable teaching each other. If you can teach someone, you understand the material. And that’s a great way to help each other learn if you are behind or struggling.
Schedule a day or period of time where you do nothing school-related. For me, that’s Friday nights. I do not study or do anything school-related on Friday nights. Period. I wine down (see what I did there?), take a bath, relax with friends, binge watch Netflix, catch my drift? Do something that relaxes you.
Get a planner. If you’re not someone that uses a planner, use one until it becomes a habit (this takes time) or find a method that works for you. Prioritize what needs to be done.
Break tasks down into tiny digestible pieces. The smaller the task, the easier it will be to tackle when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Do your best to take care of yourself. Eat breakfast. Sleep at least 5 hours, stay hydrated, find a great study playlist, and take some deep breaths. I know it’s hard and yeah, you know what? There are going to be weeks when you’re running on no sleep, not eating well, and you’re cramming (or not, in which case you need to teach me your ways). So just do the best you can.
I believe in you :)
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