When I was 10 I started having chronic back and neck pain for which I still don’t have a diagnosis.
I have gone to countless specialists but no one has diagnosed me yet.
When I was 13 and 14 I had to go to the psychologist because of the pain and other issues and it was one of the best things I have done. Mental health is so important.
I know that my pain will probably never go away but I do know things that make it better and things that make it worse. So now, I let people help me with the things I can’t do, like carrying weights. I have also finished feeling like a victim and more like a warrior when I am in my worst days. I still do it jokingly but it helps.
In this journey, God has been very important, because I am a catholic. It has been helpful to have an attitude of gratitude towards the Lord and to understand that I may struggle here but because of Him I can have an eternity of salvation without pain.
For my digestive issues, I have been recently diagnosed with IBS and SIBO, which means that I have diarrhoea almost every day. I also have a severe lactose intolerance and a non celiac gluten sensitivity. I will now be trying different options to try to calm down my IBS and I have been sent antibiotics for my SIBO.
As eating is something very related to social activities, when I hangout with friends I usually take my own version of what they are going to eat and that will not cause me any extreme reaction. This way I feel much more included.
And guys, remember to smile! Right here, right now!