As someone with chronic illness, health concerns are not new to me. They are part of my daily life. Still, for a reason I could not articulate, I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly helpless this week.
I’m not worried about my home or my loves. I’m not concerned about our food or financial security. I didn’t understand what I was feeling until I read this The Mighty article – Disappointed You Can’t Make Plans Due to COVID-19? Welcome to Life With Chronic Illness.
I’ve been anxious about you. About people not used to disrupting their lives due to health circumstances out of their control. I worry about your stress level, your flexibility in your career and family lives. I’m concerned for you, your children, your community, your mental health. I wish to take away the sadness and hurt that often accompanies these tough situations. Especially when you’re blind sided with facing them.
In a strange yet beautiful way, chronic illness has made me adaptable, resilient and empathetic. In this COVID-19 pandemic, I understand your frustration and disappointment all too well. I would gladly take it on for you if I could.
Please know: You are strong. We are strong. This crisis will pass. It will prepare us for future life challenges. I’m here if you need me.