People often ask me what it’s like living with a chronic illness. And by ‘often’, of course I mean never.
So, for the benefit of absolutely no one, allow me to explain.
You know that feeling you get when you start to come down with something?
Your throat starts to hurt and your glands swell up. Your sinuses block and your nose starts to run. Your head hurts and you can’t think clearly. Your bones ache, your body feels weak and no amount of sleep seems to make a difference.
Well, to the best of my admittedly limited scientific knowledge — it’s ok, Cathy is a doctor, remember? — these are actually the body’s natural defences for fighting off infection. It’s your immune system switching on and kicking in to gear.
And these are the symptoms I’ve had 24/7 for the last seven-and-a-half years.
Because, as I’ve explained before,
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