The Worst Things About Having a Chronic Illness in College

So I was recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, and let me just say, it’s not ideal. It wasn’t exactly at the top of the list for things I felt like accomplishing in college, but here we are. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that it isn’t more serious, but it can be frustrating knowing I’ll have it forever, and while there are things I can do and am doing to lessen my symptoms, I still will always be plagued by it. The setbacks I face can be tough, but they are even more difficult when you live in a dorm. Here are some of the worst things about having a chronic illness while going to college.

1. Exhaustion It can be really hard getting to class when you are struggling to get out of bed because you’re exhausted. Depending on your illness, your exhaustion can range day to day, and the uncertainty can be the worst part about it.

2. Socializing If you’re not feeling well, sometimes the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and go socialize on a weekend. This can be frustrating, as you don’t want to miss out on the memories all your friends will make, but you simply don’t feel well. It’s heartbreaking to miss out on fun when you feel you can’t do it.

3. Lack of Understanding Sometimes your professors, classmates, or even friends have a hard time understanding why you’re struggling with something. While in my experiences, most people have been understanding, there will always be people that Just. Don’t. Get it.

4. Emotions Sometimes a side effect of your illness can be mood swings, depression, or another kind of mood disorder, which can at times be the worst part. It takes such a toll, and you can find yourself in a spiral that can be hard to get out of.

Having a chronic illness is frustrating, exhausting, and extremely difficult. Despite the hardships, there is always hope, and there are always people that will support you, no matter what stage you’re in. Never give up, and remember how amazing you are for dealing with what you deal with every day!