I have battled with invisible illness long before we had a term for them. I can recall being sent to school in such bad shape that My teachers would allow Me to go to the office and lie down the majority of the school day. As I've gotten older, the problems have gotten worse; to date, I've been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, ptsd, lupus, and fibromyalgia, which all come along with a slew of debilitating illnesses.
There was a time when I was so crippled by My illnesses that I could barely get out of bed in the mornings. My life was consumed by pills, doctor appointments and depression. Therapy and journaling have been great ways of expression that have allowed Me to deal with My pain as well as the grief of losing the ability to move the way I'd like at times. Between the pain, fatigue, depression and other symptoms, some days, it's exhausting just to wake up and get out of bed.
Launching Stronger Than My Struggles has really helped Me see outside of My own illnesses as I connect with others also diagnosed with various invisible illnesses. Being able to support others who may have felt there was no one else there gives Me purpose beyond My pain.