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Aug 30, 2015 2:08 PM

My sister who is mid 50 also has Fibro and Crohns. She goes not stop. I'm wondering if because she is OCD and undx ADD if that what makes her this way. She is a SPED Teacher's aide and doesn't understand why I can't work. I just wish I had her energy. Any thoughts? ???

Aug 30, 2015 9:17 PM

Gammymac, no disease out there affects everyone the same way. My health has gone downhill so rapidly in the past year, it's hard for me to believe it's real. I'm the baby of the family, at 53, and I feel older than my oldest sibling who's 62. I'm weaker, give out quicker, and have way more health issues. I have two sisters, both with chronic issues, and none of us are alike in our tolerance for pain or our ability to do things. I don't judge them nor do they judge me. Hopefully your sister will realize how blessed she is to be able to still work, and stop judging you. Hugs & prayers. 🙏🌼

Aug 31, 2015 1:23 AM

I'm 15, and have more or less energy than my other friends with chronic pain. My sister and entire family has chronic pain. It effects every person differently. ADD might contribute, but for me it just slows me down and makes me spacey. My sister can still socialize, I can't. I just don't have the energy to survive as long as she can. One friend has chronic migraines, but is very hyper, social, and home schooled. Yet another friend is out a week or 2 out of every month for pain. My roommate just learned to push through.
Unfortunately, it just depends.

Aug 31, 2015 11:25 AM

Gammymac, my younger sister (who is 36) has been ill since childhood. She has chrohn's disease and she also had non Hodgkin's lymphoma. Thank God she is 4 years cancer free but she can't get her crohn's under control. She owns her own business, goes to kickboxing 3x a week and goes out to the clubs, boating, etc... When I was her age, I was never home either and had s full and busy life. When she was stricken with cancer she never missed work even through her chemo treatments. I can't do 1/2 of what I used to any more but I thank God that she is able to do what she does do. Sometimes I e gotten the feeling that she thinks I'm weak or have just given in but I've not done that. I've learned what I can and can't do and how much. I have accepted that I can have fun when I'm not in the throes of a flare but not to overdo things (like having a whole bottle of tequila at our last BBQ and dancing the Lindy with my mom!). I really paid for that one but would do it all over again. 😉😊

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