Here’s a little bit of my story:
I was gifted with the talent for art all my life. However, I never took it seriously until I became disabled in April 2019. After dealing with chronic burning pain in my knees since a teenager for years and not being taken seriously by doctors or loved ones, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in both of my knees at the age of 24.
Shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), with a possible Endometriosis diagnosis.
Throughout my whole life, I always felt like something was “wrong” with my body. I always felt like it wasn’t running how it was supposed to. When I was 18, I was diagnosed with major depression and extreme anxiety. I had a pretty rough childhood.
I was surrounded by poverty, abuse, and trauma. After being diagnosed with mental health issues, my doctors started to blame my mental health for my physical health. Dismissing my pain and saying that it’s all in my head or it was just from my depression. But I knew there was something more.
The last few months before my diagnoses, I was in and out of urgent care, calling out of work, dealing with a new crazy symptom everyday. And that’s when I got my diagnosis’s and had to let go of my dream job as a chef. I worked in the food service industry since I was 17, was in food management, food service, and I was even a line cook training to be a chef.
With that, I got back into art and suddenly it became a huge part of my life again. Art, my loving partner, and this beautiful community of fellow chronic illness is what has kept me going ever since I was diagnosed with chronic illness last year. Sending everyone lots of love.