chronic pain

‘Shaking in my slippers with my 3-year-old, I packed the car for my life. I knew he wasn’t far behind.’: Mom of 2 escapes abusive husband, urges ‘get out when it’s safe’

“He threatened, ‘If you ever leave, I will hunt you down and destroy you.’ Our daughter ran to me and hugged me. Before I knew it, something came over me. He’d taken a taxi and left the car and house keys. It was time. I took my son’s Christmas money, packed the basics, all the while double checking the door. I knew if he caught me, he would kill me.”

‘She’s just a nervous child.’ The words still burn. I was 13, about to start high school. But I was different. My life was consumed with excruciating pain, diarrhea, and the toilet.’: Woman recounts her struggle with chronic illness

“I was standing in the kitchen alone. My phone rang. Assuming it was my husband, I answered. But it wasn’t my husband. All I could do was freeze. I was in shock. I hadn’t processed his words until I heard the ‘click.’ My body shook as I collapsed.”

‘I began purchasing baby formula for myself. ‘How could this have happened?’ I felt my boyfriend distancing himself out of fear.’: Young woman diagnosed with rare Elher’s Danlos Syndrome

“I was literally watching myself decay. I couldn’t stand up to get a glass of water without blacking out. I felt judgement in every public restroom I threw up in. My boyfriend of 3 years, the man I planned to marry, broke up with me. I was ‘too sick.’ It all happened so quickly. I went from helping children get off of feeding tubes, to needing one myself. I spent the majority of my hospital admission sobbing, grieving the life I’d walked away from.”

‘Graduating isn’t possible.’ My body was shutting down. But I was going to get my degree one way or another.’: Woman finds ‘strength, faith’ among tumor discovery and multiple chronic diagnoses

“She had only ever seen once in her career. My world completely stopped. I had to quit all my activities. I was separated from everyone. And just when I thought there might be light at the end of the tunnel, we got more life changing news. I bet you’ve never heard someone wanting to go to school so badly, but I did. I just wanted to feel normal again.”

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