I am curious to see how many others out there with chronic illnesses were sick a lot as children. When I look back to my childhood, I was sick all of the time. At the age of 5, I had the mumps and that was after I had been given the mumps shot. At the age of 7, I was hospitalized for a week with pneumonia, was at the doctor’s office several times a year for upper respiratory problems, fatigue, urinary tract infections (UTI), yeast infections, etc.
I remember feeling bad most of the time, but a lot of people thought I was a hypochondriac including some of my teachers at school. I was also told different times that I was trying to seek attention by “claiming” to always be sick. But I truly did feel bad and I can remember having a lot of pain in different areas of my body that were brushed off as growing pains.
With regards to my Interstitial Cystitis, I repeatedly had UTIs and I have always gone to the bathroom a lot. As a teenager I can remember joking with a friend of mine about buying her rolls of toilet paper because I was always going to the bathroom a lot at her house. In my early 20’s when traveling with my husband and in-laws, they would always make jokes about my constant need to stop to use the restrooms in our travels.
So think back to your childhood and see if you can relate symptoms and illnesses to your chronic illness(es) you currently have.
Please feel free to post a comment about this! I would really like to hear about you!