Love and Support for Autoimmune Warriors

Love and support for autoimmune warriors

Love and support for autoimmune warriors…

Yes, I live with autoimmune disease.

No, I do not want your pity…

but your love and support would be fabulous.

Every single day…⁣

I read comments, DMs, and emails from you, my fellow autoimmune warriors.⁣

You open up your heart to me.⁣

You share your pain and heartache.⁣

You share your victories and triumphs.⁣

You share the lessons you’ve learned and the ways you’ve grown.⁣

Words cannot express how honored I am to read your story, thoughts, and insight.⁣

Sometimes I cry with you.⁣

When I do, I am tempted to respond to you “I am sorry…”⁣

but I stop myself when I remember…⁣

as much as I share the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to living well with autoimmune disease,⁣

pity is the 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 thing I want.⁣

And I know pity is the last thing you want.⁣

I do not want anyone feeling sorry for me.⁣

And I know you do not want anyone feeling sorry for you.⁣

I am 𝗻𝗼𝘁 a victim.⁣

And I know you know you are not a victim.⁣

I am a crazy strong woman.⁣

And I know you are crazy strong.⁣

So, if I don’t want pity, why do I share?⁣

And why do you share?⁣

Because we are 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽,⁣

𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 through sharing our stories,⁣

𝑜𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓈𝓊𝓅𝓅𝑜𝓇𝓉 to others,⁣

𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 for others to learn to find joy and live well with chronic illness,⁣

and⁣

𝗽𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 for those at their rock bottom who are in the fight of their life, trying to find wellness.⁣

This has 𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗼 to do with wanting pity or attention.⁣

And 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 to do with love and support.⁣

So anytime I hear or read an “I am sorry,”⁣

I cringe.⁣

𝐵𝑒𝒸𝒶𝓊𝓈𝑒 𝐼 𝒶𝓂 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝓈𝑜𝓇𝓇𝓎.⁣

This is my life.⁣

I am living it.⁣

And I think it’s 𝒷𝑒𝒶𝓊𝓉𝒾𝒻𝓊𝓁…⁣

𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓊𝑔𝓁𝓎 𝓅𝒶𝓇𝓉𝓈.

And I hope you do too.

I am sending you so much love and support.

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