Ok, so this is something I've been pondering for a while now.
I'm a 33 year old woman and have Rheumatoid Arthritis; diagnosed 6.5 years ago. It's safe to say it's completely ruined my entire life as I'm sure is the case with most of us here.
At times when I'm unable to work because of it or need to ask strangers for help lifting something or a coworker to friggin staple something for me it crosses my mind how these situations would suck so much more if I was a dude. Meaning, most men are raised to be strong, the provider and not really to show emotions and society as a whole adds to that stigma big time. It took me a couple years to be comfortable asking people for help but in the end I decided my pride isn't worth the pain, but I'm assuming it must be much harder for some (not all) men to ask for help.
Now I'm not trying to crap on us ladies saying we have it easy cause we for sure have it worse in other ways but I think the men win this round.
I'd love to hear opinions, stories, heartbreaks whatever you're willing to share. And maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, I want to hear that too....then I can stop feeling sorry for my chronic brethren 😉