The countdown to Lightening the Shadow is winding down!
5. There’s nothing wrong with asking for major help in the face of life-changing events. Independence is an American value, not a law.
6. Accept the limitations chronic illness imposes and your new life and identity.
7. Find a way to contribute to society or your caregivers. This is last because you need to manage your illness first, but helping out even from bed has made me more content.
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Darla copyedits biomedical research while living with an invisible chronic illness.