Why I’m Thankful for my Invisible Illness

Why would anybody be thankful if they had to deal with Bipolar Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder? Well, I can tell you why I’m thankful for my invisible illness. My invisible illness has taught me a lot about myself. If not for my invisible illness, I wouldn’t be able to call myself a fighter. I wouldn’t know how strong of a person I can be. My illness has showed me that everyone battles something. It has taught me that all battles cannot be seen at first glance.

Some people may feel sorry for me. I can see why they might, but I want them to know I am who I am because of my invisible illness. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it. I’ve learned hope to cope with my illness the best way possible for me. Some days it means I’m in bed all day, other days I’m able to fight it with going to the gym, and some days just go on like any other day. You see even though I live with my illness I’m still able to do a lot of things. Some things I’m not able to do all of the time but I’ve learned that you have to accept that. I’ve learned to accept that not every day I can do what I want to be doing. Most days I’m able to fight my illness and move on in a way everyone else does. I tell myself on the days I can’t that it’s ok. It’s ok to have to take a break every once in a while. It’s ok to not feel great all the time, even people without invisible illnesses don’t feel great every day, that’s just a part of life.

My Bipolar Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are a huge part of who I am, but I want to make it clear that my illness is far from everything that I am. I am a kind and caring person with or without my illness. My illness has made me come to appreciate a lot. I appreciate the days where I feel “normal.” The good times in my life become even better because I can appreciate them so much more.

1 Comment on Why I’m Thankful for my Invisible Illness

  1. Marissa, you are an amazing person with a wonderful heart and soul. I’m so grateful you are in our lives and we can share times together, which ultimately make memories. Thank you for being YOU!!!! We love you just the way you are!!!

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