You know you have a chronic illness when…
1-You rate your pain by ‘baseline’, ‘functional’ and ‘non-functional’.
2-You rate your fatigue by ‘still conscious’, ‘unable to be upright’ and ‘capable of movement’.
3-You know more than your doctor about your illness and possibly Google at this point.
4-WebMD explodes if you attempt to use it.
5-Someone tells you ‘But you look fine’ and you throat punch them.
6-You can sleep 12 hours and still feel like you stayed up for 48.
7-You have a relationship with Netflix.
8-You refuse to go to the ER until things get extreme, by your definition of extreme.
9-You have met at least One judgemental douche nozzle doctor. With a ‘its all in your head’ pretending to listen to you and then brushing you off.
10-You were profoundly relieved at diagnoses to only then realize this is freaking Chronic.