The Nitty Gritty of Chronic Illness

Being Lydia!


The word “grit” is a pretty versatile one. It can describe small particles of dirt or sand, courage or resolve, or the action of gritting one’s teeth.

All three of these meanings can apply in the world of chronic illness. Not sure you follow? In the words of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Don’t Believe me, just watch!”

Particles of Dirt or Sand

I think we all know the story of the Princess and the Pea. A very spoiled little girl keeps saying she can feel a pea under her mattress. No matter how many mattresses the pile on she still feels it.

While that is a fairytale, the feeling of something hurting your skin can be very real for those suffering from fibromyalgia. I find that a bit of sheet bunched up underneath me at night or too heavy/tight clothes can really cause pain during a flare. A tag…

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