Every single day is a battle for me. I have an “invisible” illness and the fatigue is so overwhelming that just getting out of bed requires what feels like Herculean strength. I’m dizzy all the time, I’m in pain, I have constant shortness of breath and racing heart. I can’t think straight because of brain fog caused by low oxygen, which also causes depression, yet another symptom of this condition. I can fall asleep without warning and frequently wake up after having fallen asleep sitting up, and not having any idea of how long I was out. Driving is often just not an option because of this. I fight to stay positive and cheerful for everyone around me, even though there are times I just don’t have the energy to even speak. The “cure” for this condition made me so ill I wound up in the hospital and I’m no longer a candidate for it. It’s probably going to be with me in some form for the rest of my life. Occasionally I have a good day or even a few in a row, but that’s usually follows by several days of severe exhaustion as my body tries to replenish my limited stores of oxygen. Often people don’t believe I’m sick because they see me looking okay I r they see me having fun once in a while. Being distrusted by even your closest loved ones is one of the worst parts of this illness. Being labelled a hypochondriac is a given. There are so many people fighting similar daily battles due to chronic invisible illnesses, so people please try to remember that you have no idea what challenges someone else is coping with before you judge them on what they aren’t accomplishing.
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.