Vulnerability, it turns out, is not a liability--it's one of the best tools we have. So welcome to the Illness Pit! I may not have The Answers, but I do have a tourniquet, a bag of cookies, and some Neosporin. Find yourself a comfortable rock and let's do this.
It’s important to acknowledge the periods of profound darkness, because they so often get glossed over. Usually, the dark pits are only mentioned en route to some fun, Oprah-ready rebirth story, like a zeal for juicing or the founding of a sassy new handbag line. These stories are the worst.
Lifetimes of plucky American can-do determination make us believe that our ill health is something to work extra hard to overcome. "Pain is weakness leaving the body! Blast 'Eye of the Tiger'! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and for the love of all that is holy, stop puking!"