Whether you have Fibromyalgia, Lupus, CFS, depression or any invisible disease, you know the guilt that comes along with it. Asking for help feels like the last thing to do when the fact is, we can feel like a burden to our loved ones even on a good day.
Christine Miserandino/The Spoon Lady image source
Christine Miserandino is the creator of 'The Spoon Theory' and a cherished member of the Chronic Pain family. She has given so much of her life to helping millions communicate what it's really like living with Chronic Illness. Her theory has been read and translated all over the world!
"Christine was due to deliver a beautiful baby girl named Charlotte in March of 2016. Instead, after suffering months of constant nausea and vomiting, and then weeks of renal failure and trying to keep the baby to term, on January 26 she had a c-section to deliver her stillborn daughter.
'... I didn't even know what was going on at first and every time I would wake up and feel the pain of the c section, I would ask where my baby was and a nurse or Ned would have to explain all over again what happened. Ned lost a daughter too. Olivia lost a little sister. I was trying to take care of them.'
While living with this grief Christine faced serious jaw surgery. Christine's teeth are literally falling out of her mouth and she's needed 6 teeth extracted, 4 root canals and too many fillings to count. The effect from twenty plus years of steroids and 7 months of throwing up 5-7 times a day during her pregnancy and saliva issues from Shogren's took their toll. Christine literally lost her smile - well, she still has a few teeth in the front.
As any Spoonie can appreciate, this has seriously flared Christine's LUPUS and FIBROMYALGIA very badly, she's living in one of the worst Flares and Pain cycles she's ever had. She's also still trying to overcome the grief and depression from losing Charlotte.
There are a mountain of hospital bills already. Plus, there are more surgeries and repair work and more huge bills to come for Christine's literal smile. The financial aspect of all of this has given her a new symptom - panic attacks and anxiety.
What she needs most is help paying the bills. If you could help her out by donating what you can to her here at Gofundme.com - it would be so appreciated.
At the end of the day, Christine is a Spoonie too and after pouring her life into helping us all, she needs us to help her by giving a little back."
Read the entire piece here.
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