Yesterday, I posted something on Facebook and I've decided to share it here to highlight a crappy side effect of endometriosis. Losing friends.
I had a friend.
This friend was pretty much my closest friend in Perth.
This close friend who I loved and would have done anything for decided while my health was going downhill, I was drowning and really needed my friends, that I was too negative.
She said it wasn't my illness.
She apparently "sympathises" with that, it's just me in general. We were no longer, in her opinion, compatible as friends.
I agree now, but for different reasons.
My reasons are I stick by my friends thick and thin, pain in the arse moments, silly mistakes, cross words when angry. All of it.
I've moved past this now but I wanted to post about it today to highlight some of the emotional issues you tend to face when you suffer from chronic pain and disease.
I was understandably pretty hurt about this, I've always kept it real. I don't pretend my life is better than it is. I don't judge others because I know I am certainly not perfect and I certainly don't turn my back on friends when they turn loopy with emotional turmoil.
Because it can happen to the best of us.
Yeah ok, maybe it wasn't my illness but I DID change because of it. And I've changed again since then and will continue to do so.
These days, I throw myself into raising awareness and hoping to cut down the amount of isolation others might feel.
If your friends are going through shit times, don't turn your back and act all high and mighty because next time around, it might be you puddled on the floor with no idea how to get back up again.
Raising awareness is so important to both sufferers and those who are yet to be diagnosed. The road to diagnosis is long and tiring, there seems to be a certain level of 'stigma' in the community regarding any invisible illness and treatments are a mixed bag. More awareness and more spotlight would hopefully change all these problems for the better.
Throughout this month, I am featuring ladies on my blog with their emotional stories. All of these women have something in common—they want the above and they are incredibly strong and inspiring. I still have room for more stories this month, so please email them through to email@example.com
Lastly, I apologise for the blurry photo, my 6 year old son was trying out his photography skills.