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Chronic Illness = Lockdown.

 

Lockdown will be a thing of the past. But not for people living with chronic illness.

Relief

You know, when Corona came to us last year, and when we had to go in lockdown, I started to feel relieved.

Not because I was looking forward to a global pandemic, which we knew little about and was taking lives. But because for the first time since living with chronic illness I finally felt I wasn’t the only one who had to stay at home.

I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I wasn’t the only one not able to work and make money the way I wanted. I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t socialize when I wanted.

EVERYONE was experiencing this and for the first time I didn’t feel so isolated. I felt ‘normal’.

What a relief.

 

Lockdown soon a thing of the past

Vaccines are on their way and people are being vaccinated as we speak. And at some point Covid-19 will be a thing of the past.

Lockdown will be a thing of the past. But not for people living with chronic illness.

People with chronic illness lived in lockdown long before Covid-19 came into our lives, and they will live in lockdown long after. Silently. Behind closed doors. Getting on with life, and making the most of life, as much as they can.

No special news reports. No special media attention. And no, or very little, awareness from people in general.

When Covid is far behind us, the lives of those without chronic illness will resemble a ‘normal’ life again, in which freedom can be rejoiced in having the ability and energy to do what they want.

This won’t be the case for people living with chronic illness. Their lives will be pretty much the same as it is now. As living with chronic illness is like being in your own personal lockdown, where often the restrictions and ‘rules’ change on a daily basis.

 

Count your blessings

So, I ask- no plead- to people living without chronic illness, to be more sensitive to people living with chronic illness and to count your blessings. Because, even though you’re experiencing lockdown right now, you know that soon enough you’ll be freed from it and it will all be over.

For us living with chronic illness, lockdown is not temporary, we don’t know when or if it will be over. Lockdown is, in one form or another, a daily reality.

The beautiful Miranda Hart shares this message eloquently and superbly in this video:

How are you experiencing lockdown with chronic illness? Please share your comment below. I would love to hear from you!

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