Trying to maintain a social life when you live with chronic illness is no easy task. Dealing with flare-ups and the need to conserve energy for work or day-to-day responsibilities may often override your ability to simply go out and have fun with your friends. Other times, you may be able to make it out, only to experience painful or uncomfortable symptoms that cause the outing to turn out less enjoyable than it should have been.
The struggle is real, and it can undoubtedly be difficult to have to constantly say no or cancel plans, come home early or not feel so great during an activity that should be fun and relaxing. But even though many of those with chronic illness may not be able to go out to socialize super often, there is still an entire community of people online who totally understand what it’s like, and can empathize with you about the tough aspects, and even laugh with you about some of the more ridiculous ones.
If laughing and virtually connecting with other spoonies through humor helps you navigate the challenges of attempting to make plans, go out and spend time with people IRL, these memes are for you.