30 Day Chronic Illness Blogging Challenge: Day 1

Day 1: Introduce yourself. What illnesses do you have? How long have you had them?

My name is Karley and I have been diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Anxiety and Depression. I began my ‘journey’ in 2012. Four months after graduating high school and getting married to my now ex husband.

It seems to have hit out of nowhere, but when I began my ‘journey’ to find answers, my doctor said I had to have been symptomatic but unaware. I couldn’t see it at first, but I brushed all my symptoms away as just a part of ‘getting older’ and working long hours.

Until one day, I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

One morning before I went to work, I woke up and immediately started bawling, curled into a fetal position, holding my stomach.

The next few weeks, it happened again and again. I began missing a ton of work and finally I began going on the merry-go-round of medical tests, medications, needle pricks, lab work and, finally, multiple surgeries.

That was almost 8 years ago. Yet it feels like I’ve lived multiple life times.

I’ve been asked again and again why I share my story online for everyone to see if it’s hard to talk about.

That’s exactly why.

I know what it’s like to go through your ‘journey’ with little to no support and I never want you to go through what you and I have, alone. As hard as it has been for me to open up, especially knowing thousands of people know and read my story regularly, I regret nothing. I would do this a million times over.

Why? Because even just hearing 1 story from a follower of how my blog has helped them makes it all worth it to me.

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