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My Struggle to Feel Deserving of Love as a Woman With Chronic Illness

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source: The Mighty

year: 2016

authors: Karina Sturm

summary/abstract:

Since I got my life-changing diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), I have written a couple of English pieces about my journey to diagnosis and about my life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I found writing to be my best coping strategy. Raising awareness and helping other people to not feel alone is the best I can do in my situation. But I have not always been like this.

I’ve decided to take another step and write about a very personal and emotional topic for me: how I struggled with accepting my disease and myself, and why I thought I would not deserve to be loved.

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