Unemployed, sick, and judged


Parent’s friend: Oh! You graduated! Where are you working this summer?

Me:….I actually don’t have a job… I’m just having a restful summer

Parents Friend: oh… thats nice

You all know this feeling. Whether our friends have graduated and are moving on to a new period in their life, or they are just in the break between grades, the vast majority of them hold a full time job during the summer months.As a teenager I once felt the urge to get a part time job in May of 2011. I thought I could handle full time classes and working 15 hours a week. Little did I know that having the extra stress accompanied with a job would put me into a 4 month long flare. After my experience with my first part time job, I decided that working was not in the cards for me during this time in my life. Besides.. I already had a full time job dealing with my chronic illness.

When the next summer rolled around I knew that a job was not going to happen. So I decided to fully immerse myself in volunteering. It gave me the flexibility with missing shifts and having a reasonable shift in terms of length. I thrived in this setting, and I loved volunteering.

This summer, after my graduation from high school, having a job seemed to a must amongst my peers and in the opinions of the adults around. Having the conversation with a friends parents always ended in the same way.. awkward. They always seem to have this look of disgust on their faces… They believe that my parents are giving me a “free ride”.

My parents have taught me the value of a dollar growing up. My parents do give me money weekly for any costs that I run into. But other than that, I work around the house at a pace I can handle. I love working around the house doing things like cleaning,organizing and helping my grandmother

Living with a chronic illness is seriously a full time job.. Jack Mercury says it perfectly in her bio “Professional Sick Person. Specializations: Crohn’s Disease, Depression, Generalized Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

We are all professionals. Just in a different world

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Day 26: Pain Free Pass #HAWMC

Day 26 (April 26) – Pain-Free Pass

What’s a day that you wish you could have used a pain-free pass (either in the future or the past)? How would being pain or worry-free impact that day?

Well.. My graduation week from high school is rapidly approaching, and I would do anything in the world to have a pain free pass for the graduation day, where I have a long ceremony, then, as a family we all go after to celebrate . I know that my pain will be at an all time high half way through the ceremony(as its very long), and I know that I will not be able to fully enjoy the rest of the day..

Knowing that I won’t be able to fully enjoy my graduation day is bitter sweet knowing what is holding me back is that nasty unrelenting pain that has made it almost impossible to graduate in the first place.. But I overcame, and I can proudly say I beat you this time!