Throughout my several decades of living with multiple chronic illnesses, I’ve vacillated back and forth about disclosure of my health challenges. I’ve carefully weighed the pros and cons, of both maintaining secrecy, versus outing myself.
It takes an incredible amount of energy to maintain total secrecy regarding one’s chronic illnesses. After all, energy is a most limited commodity when you’re dealing with multiple medical problems.
I’ve decided that selective disclosure of my medical issues is the best option. Not everyone needs to know about my personal health challenges, but someone does need to know.
I very carefully thought about whether or not to publish this blog, knowing that this information couldn’t be taken back, once released. I decided that the possibility of being able to help others who might be struggling with the myriad demands of chronic illness was well worth it.