I have to get this off my chest. ⁣

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

By Christina Wiebe

Before I can share insight on how to thrive during these pandemic days and the beautiful opportunities I see as a result of this #Covid19Outbreak, this must be said.⁣ ⁣ I know I’m not the only one feeling this way and if you’ve been feeling it too,⁣ I hear you, I feel you, you are justified in feeling this. It can be hard to express because of backlash or misunderstanding but the ones who matter will understand. ⁣ ⁣ To my fellow #spoonies, all those living with chronic and/or invisible diseases...⁣ ⁣ I see your anger, frustration, and resentment with what’s happening in the world today as a result of this pandemic. Long before this, you’ve had to live in isolation. Social distancing is nothing new and foreign to you. ⁣ ⁣ You’re watching people lament about having to stay home for a temporary period when that freedom was taken from you long ago, with no end in sight, with serious chronic illness wrecking your body on top of it all.⁣ ⁣ You’re witnessing businesses make the allowances to work remotely when instead of trying to accommodate your needs, they fired you, wouldn’t hire you, and fought against your disability claims.⁣ ⁣ You’re swallowing the bitter pill as you watch medical offices only NOW permit phone and virtual appointments that you fought so hard for but were denied all this time.⁣ ⁣ You’re seeing the same healthy people who told you to try yoga, put a smile on your face, and be positive (because, of course, those are the cures to incurable diseases) who are now panicking about getting sick. Will yoga save them now?⁣ ⁣ People are now showing outrage over health care and government systems that are broken and depressingly unhelpful, while you’ve been suffering at the hands of these broken systems for so long.⁣ ⁣ From the rooms in which you’ve been alone and forgotten, you’re observing people unite in virtual gatherings when none of that effort was made to keep you included, because when it wasn’t their own health being impacted, they didn’t care to look outside themselves.⁣ ⁣ Do not lose yourself in anger, but it is okay to be feeling it. Honour it. Be gentle with yourself. And then look for the light again. ✨

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