We Can't "Vacate" Our Bodies
I don’t know about any of you but when I am not feeling well, I don’t want to deal with other people being super happy. I don’t want to know about the next greatest vacation someone is going to take, or how amazing a social gathering was the weekend before. I just cannot handle it when I am at a very low point with my disease and mental state. That isn’t to say I am not happy for my friends and family when things are going well with them- I am! But, it is often hard to hear, especially when you don’t have anything to say other than sharing what is going on with your health...again.
I have mentioned this a good amount in other articles but
I hate feeling like a Debbie Downer with people all of the time.
No one wants to be around someone whose whole life revolves around sickness. It comes off negative, even though we are only sharing what is happening in our lives. It just sucks because it isn’t lack of motivation that causes us not to have a career, or be out and about with friends and family, traveling/exploring, etc. It is because of our bodies that, through no fault of our own, we feel like a prisoner. And unlike those people who are so stressed because of work or something external, those of us who suffer from a chronic illness like Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis cannot just go on vacation to unwind. We cannot escape our bodies. They HAVE to come with us! So basically, we can never escape what is going on that is causing us so much physical pain and inner turmoil.
With animals, they never judge. They are always there to listen - which is oftentimes just what we need. Our animals don’t care what we look like. They don’t care what we have going on in our lives. They simply care that we are there with them and love them.
My pets are my vacation.
I know if I lived alone I would never be able to have my dogs. I care for them whenever I can but when I am down and out, I am so grateful that there are other people in my home who can pick up the slack.
Inflammatory bowel disease can be so isolating and so depressing to live with sometimes. It would be great to take a vacation and escape it, but it helps me more than words to have my two dogs around me when I am home all day long by myself not feeling well. I never feel truly alone when they are with me.
Does anyone else feel like you can't escape your body for a proper vacation? Do you find your pets help with that? I have so much gratitude for my animals for all they have helped me overcome with my IBD. I truly wish my dogs knew just how much I love them and appreciate them being there for me.
Which aspect of awareness week are you most excited about?