Life in Poland Po prostu Chris

The New Year

January 11, 2017, I got sick again. I don’t know why. The doctors don’t know why. That’s pretty scary, not knowing why. When you don’t know exactly why, you don’t know how to help or treat or even cure. We are doing all the things we did the first time. It took 4 years then. We’re doing all the things we did the second time. It took weeks. We’re doing all the things and more, but here I am one year later with my life…

Everyday starts in pain and ends in pain with a whole lot of pretending in between. The pain never leaves me, despite the drugs, the treatments, the physical therapy. Nothing helps. I don’t know if  anything ever will.

The bits of me that make me Me are slipping behind the curtain of pain. My capacity  to reflect is greatly diminished. I can focus though on work. Going to work, focusing on the task, pretending I’m not in pain.

I don’t plan, at least not for myself. I plan for work and for the kids.

I know it’s visible to others, to my kids. One person asked me if I used to do Botox and stopped, the question due to the constant furrowing of my brow. I know it’s invisible to a lot of people too. It’s my problem and no one else’s. It’s a bummer to hear about someone’s suffering.

I managed to take the kids on vacation thanks to my friend who knows chronic illness only too well.

I got on that plane to the US even though the pain was so bad.

I slapped a smile on my face for those pictures.

I made those uszka and wrapped those presents.

Here’s to a new year.


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    December 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Chris, I wish you find goodyear physician, medicine and the reason of your illness. Take care. Bedzie dobrze.

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    January 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Very sorry to hear that, I cannot begin to imagine how difficult your life has been. I wish you your health back and pain free living. Trzymaj się ciepło!

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    January 4, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Sorry to hear you're unwell x sending you lots of love and good vibes, may 2018 bring you health!!! Trzymaj się

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    January 7, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Thank you ladies. Fingers crossed.

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    January 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I used to read your stories with pleasure. And than, no stories. And now this. Get better, please gods.

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    January 14, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I'm very sorry to hear that. I hope they will find a way and soon you will get better. Sending lots of love and healing thoughts.

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