An honest blog post from My Brain Lesion and Me about chronic illness and the deafening silence that loneliness can bring with it.
When living with a chronic illness, any chronic illness there are of course many symptoms that we are forced to live with as a consequence. Both physical and psychological effects of living with a long-term health condition such as the neurological condition that I live with everyday. Perhaps one of the most significant and common psychological repercussions of living with a chronic illness, which is not always discussed is loneliness.
Loneliness is often discussed in relation to the elderly. It is often seen as a consequence of getting older. However, loneliness is a feeling that can strike at any age and whatever the personal circumstances of the individual concerned. In my personal experience, through personal experience and with engaging with those within the chronic illness and the ‘spoonie’ community, loneliness can also be very much evident when living with chronic illness. Not only is loneliness is felt in terms of living…
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