Jasmine runs Chronically Chill and shares her experiences of invisible illness with her hundreds of followers. In her late teens, she’s already raising awareness for Dysautonomia and struggles with mental health.
Hello, I’m Jasmine and this is my own experience through being chronically ill and being diagnosed with Dysautonomia. If you don’t know what this is, this is considered an invisible illness because you can’t look at someone and see that they’re ill on the outside.
Dysautonomia is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system which causes many symptoms, and which causes difficulties with controlling your heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and more. This is usually life changing for many people, like me for an example. This has definitely changed my life and honestly I was very scared in the beginning and it felt like it was all happening so fast. But, I have learned from my experience and have grown so much as a person. I’m actually really thankful for it.
So, I’m here to talk about how to cope when having Dysautonomia or any invisible illness, how your family/friends might react, how to process the thought of it and just a few steps of how to get through it. I really hope this helps you.
Probably one of the first things I’ve learned was that you find out who your true family and friends are. I lost a lot of people in my life when this happened and it hurts to lose people you love but it’s good to find out who will stay by your side through the hard times. For some people only stay during a chapter of your life and thats okay. Also some people and even some doctors won’t believe or agree with you which is very hard. I started to doubt myself and rethink what was going on. But, try to keep a positive mind and trust yourself because you know your body and what’s wrong with it.
That’s very important and you WILL find someone who cares and that’ll help you. Know you are not alone and it’s okay to not be okay. If you’re feeling down and need help, please reach out to someone. Know you’re going to be okay and it really will get better, I promise you that. I know how it feels when you’re on the edge of giving up and it can be really hard at times but try your best to look past it.
Have hope and faith, hold onto that and you’ll be fine. Some good reminders especially, is that after a rough day, know that you never have to do today again. My advice for the future would be to just try to keep going, keep looking and moving forward. Try to not look back on the past and don’t worry too much about it for we can’t change it.
Please don’t give up.
It might feel like your life is ending and it’s very hard to go through but try to stay positive and take it day by day. Try to start with the small things and think of things that are good throughout your day, and what you’re thankful for. It’s also okay to feel like you’re going more slower than others the same age as you, but life is not a race. Go at your own pace, know you are so strong & you got this! Much love to you all.
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