“Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind. When you own your imperfections and you embrace your life, you become a better person.”
—Dodinsky, In the Garden of Thoughts
I interpret “own your imperfections” as “Congratulate yourself every day you, with even a smidgen of dignity, get through an illness-related experience that you’d thought you wouldn’t be able to handle.” Feel free to share a quote that has helped you in the comments!
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Darla copyedits biomedical research while living with an invisible chronic illness.