Chronic condition

As my illness has progressed, formerly dear friends have gone absolutely MIA.
The "Girls" creator seems incapable of being part of a collective movement without trying to be its face.
Breaking down what it's like when people don't believe your condition is real.
I choose to see cancer as a chronic condition. It's something I need to deal with every day. It calls on strengths I never knew that I had. But I don't want to elevate it to some kind of noble calling. At the same time, there's no question it has changed my life and changed the purpose of my life.
No matter what the etiology, the goal is to recognize the problem, learn from it, and extricate oneself as soon as possible to avoid loss of time and energy. If allowed to persist, the condition can result in inertia and hopelessness.