30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge
This time last year I started to answer the questions to this thing called the ‘30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge’. I found it on Tumblr and thought it looked interesting, so gave it a go. However, I never finished it, so I thought that I would give it another go this year – I’ve been wanting to write a blog again for a while and not known what to write about, so this is perfect to give me an aim.
The main point of this challenge is to answer a question each day for 30 days. Since October has 31 days though, I need to find something to fill in the final day… Not sure what I’m going to do yet, so any ideas would be welcome! But anyway, here’s my response to question 1!
- Introduce yourself. What illnesses do you have? How long have you had them?
My name is Hannah Weaver, and I am 21 years old. I have had CRPS in my right hand for 6 years. I also have it in my left hand (although that’s undiagnosed) for approximately the same amount of time. That’s the main condition that I’m going to be writing about since it’s the worst, but aside from that I also have chronic Achilles tendinitis which is currently making moving and standing for long periods of time difficult. I also have a vitamin B12 deficiency which causes fatigue.
CRPS is a chronic pain condition believed to be caused by damage to, or a malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. The condition affects the nerves in my arms and shoulders, particularly in my right side. This sometimes makes it difficult to wear clothes because they can’t always tolerate the weight of the material when I’m having a flare up. At these worst moments, just the feel of air on my skin can cause extreme pain.