Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A Few Ironic Smiles To Help Live With Chronic Nerve Pain

Today's post from (see link below) looks at the brighter side of not being able to work and living with a disease like neuropathy and yet subtly brings across a more serious message too. It concerns attitudes towards being disabled by illness - both patients' attitudes and the attitudes (and sometimes downright hostility) of those around them. Hopefully, it'll make you smile even if you may not want to laugh out loud and goodness knows, if you're living with neuropathy, you need a smile now and then!

14 Memes That Nail What It's Like to Be Unable to Work Due to Illness
21st May 2018 Paige Wyant Staff

For many of those in the chronic illness/disability community, health conditions prevent them from being able to work. While it can absolutely be challenging to hold down a job while battling an illness (or several), not working can also come with its own set of difficulties, ranging from emotional to social to financial.

A lack of understanding about what it’s really like to be sick/disabled and unemployed has unfortunately led to many harmful misconceptions: Some may see the unemployment as a “vacation,” while others accuse folks who receive government assistance of trying to get a “free ride.” This is not just inaccurate, but hurtful.

The reality is that many of those who are unemployed due to health issues may struggle to make ends meet financially (the cost of appointments, medications and treatments can quickly add up), and this can lead to a great deal of stress and worry. People may also struggle with a loss of identity, purpose or sense of accomplishment – all of which a job can provide. Socially, it can be difficult to not work with or be around others each day. Staying home by yourself all day may be nice for a day or two, but it can easily become lonely or boring. Not to mention all the physical symptoms you have to cope with every day!

It can be incredibly hard to lose the ability to work. But if you find yourself in this boat, know you’re not the only one. If humor helps you cope with the challenges of not working due to chronic illness, these memes are for you. Hopefully some of these will bring a smile to your face or, at the very least, remind you that you’re not alone. 

1. When people thinking not working and staying in bed constantly is fun:


2. When no job means one less reason to leave the house: via @supportforspoonies Instagram 

3. When you’re home sick but everyone you know is at work/school:

 via @Oh_heyDre Twitter 

4. When there’s nothing “relaxing” about being chronically ill: via @chronic_illness_humor Instagram

5. When chronic illness becomes your full-time job:

  via @supportforspoonies Instagram 

6. When you can sleep all day without having to call in sick to work:


7. When not having a job makes medical bills even more daunting: via @chronicillnessmemes Instagram 

8. When you miss being able to socialize at work: 

via amyofdoom Tumblr 

9. When people think being unable to work is a vacation: via @chronicillnessmemes Instagram 

10. When you no longer need to wear work-appropriate clothing:

 via @chronicles_of_my_broken_body Instagram 

11. When people think you’re resting peacefully at home but it’s actually more like: via @spondymemes Instagram

12. When you try to create some routine in your days at home: via @banana.endo Instagram 

13. When you’re just so awesome it would be unfair of you to work full-time:

14. When no one really understands what the chronic life is like:

  via @daisy_thehedgehog_ Instagram

Paige is the Associate Chronic Illness Editor of The Mighty. She lives with an autoimmune disease and other chronic health issues, and is passionate about helping others share their health journeys and connect with one another.
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