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,
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,”
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.