Well hi. I’m Megan. I’m a very proud “Crazy Cat Lady”. I’m also chronically ill. Therefore, the name of this blog, “The Chronically Ill Cat Lady”.
Let’s get this crap out of the way, because it’s kind of important. I’ve been diagnosed with several chronic illnesses, which mean that I will be dealing with them, and with their associated medications, for the rest of my life. My diagnoses include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (or Autoimmune Hypothyroidism), Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Chronic Migraines, and Activated Protein C Resistance (a blood clotting disorder, which led to me having a stroke at age 6). There are other issues, ones that have been kind of diagnosed but not really diagnosed, like Carpal Tunnel, acid reflux, and high blood pressure, but those are all peripheral disorders and they’re all relatively minor so far.
But obviously, even though this blog will be focused mainly on my illnesses and the issues that they cause, I am so much more than just my diagnoses. I’m a waitress at TGI Fridays, a job which I am way overqualified for but which I absolutely love. I volunteer at Meals on Wheels and a local animal shelter. I do yoga two to three times a week. I go to the gym, a lot. I organize “team building” activities for myself and my coworkers, things like game nights and kickball games, to help boost morale at the restaurant. And I live with three cats, who you met in the previous blog post.
So yeah, I’m chronically ill. While I try not to let that define me, or limit me, my illnesses are a big part of my life. I can’t do everything that a healthy 36 year old woman can do, and certain things that I can do I have to do differently. But honestly, I think I live a good life. I’ve had to adjust my plans a bit, but being sick has taught me to become more flexible. Since this is just an intro I won’t delve too deep into what else this whole experience has taught me right now, but I think it’s just like anything else. It has it’s ups and downs. All I know is that I’m happy today. It’s a nice warm, sunny day (a rarity for my area), I’m about to get ready to go into work (which yeah, it’s weird, but I’m looking forward to it), and then I’ll come home to clean my house, go to a yoga class, and come back to hang out with my coworkers for the evening.
It’s going to be a good day.