Are you ashamed to be ill?

Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer

In our competitive society, chronic infirmity or illness is viewed as a personal failing rather than the random stroke of fate that it is ~  Angelika Byczkowski

I recently spotted a post on the Kevin MD blog writen by Angelika Byczkowski, a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, group of inherited disorders marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels. Originally published on Inspire with the title Embarassed To Be Sick, Byczkowski argues that in today’s society chronic illness is viewed as a personal failing.

With cancer being viewed increasingly as a chronic illness, I thought it would be interesting to probe this further in Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer, and explore your thoughts on the topic.

Byczkowski points to all the things her illness has taken from her starting with her income and career fulfillment and success.

I am ashamed of being…

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