Chronic Illness Taught Me to Redefine ‘Progress’

After years of frustration, I’m taking control in spite of my health

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Chronic illness, for a while, broke my brain.

I say that not to reduce mental health to something glib and dramatic, but to accurately report how it felt to finally break under the weight of being permanently sick. The whole of my adult life…