5 Stages Experienced by Those with Chronic Illness

I’ve been chronically ill for over 18 years (chronic illness includes chronic pain). In 2001, I came down with what appeared to be an acute viral infection but I never recovered. It compromised my immune system, leaving me feeling as if I have the flu 24/7. I call it the flu without the fever.

Not everyone will go through these stages in the same way or in the same order that I have, but I’m confident that this piece will sound familiar, both to those who are chronically ill and to those who care for them (if the former are fortunate enough to have the latter — I recognize…