Reprinted with permission of Lisa Copen, Copyright 2007, National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, http://www.invisibleillness.com
You know you have a chronic illness when:
* You understand all the medical terminology discussed on the T.V. show Grey's Anatomy.
* Your medical records have to be transported on a cart.
* To entertain people at parties you recite the side effects of medications as if you are the voice over on a commercial.
* Your spelling has improved dramatically, especially on words like "fibromyalgia" and "osteoporosis."
* Or you've been "Around the World in Thirty Minutes" with CNN's Headline News 57 times in one sitting.
* You have a panic attack in public and say, "Praise God this is only the fourth one today!"
* You're invited to the wedding of the gal who works at the hospital lab.
* You're child thinks watching you do injections of medication is "cool."
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