Hey everyone! My name is Mallory and I am a chronic illness warrior. The chronic illness I am battling is called Postural Orthastatic Tachycardia Syndrome, otherwise known as PoTs. PoTs is a form of dysautonomia that effects the flow of blood throughout the body, causing me many unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, heart racing, and much more.
Having to deal with an illness as a teenager is something that as a child I never knew I would have to face. I had always pictured my high-school years being the best years of my life. Instead, I find myself struggling often. My chronic illness has drastically effected many of the main focuses of my life, including school. I had to drop out of my school of five years ago and switch to homeschooling because I could no longer handle how poorly I felt at school on a day to day basis.
This is hard on me because I no longer get to see my friends as often, and have even lost friendships. When my illness became harder on me this past year and a half, many of my friends simply forgot about me when I left school, or they were supportive of me for a while but then eventually got ‘’tired of’’ having to help me through the tough times.
That being said, I still have many wonderful people in my life supporting me. I have made friends throughout the chronic illness community as well. I know with no doubt that many of these bonds will last a lifetime. One of my current goals in life is to raise awareness for others who are chronically ill. I want to be someone that people can talk to or rely on in times of need.
Most importantly, I want people to know that things will get better. It may not seem like it in this time of your life, but you have so much to live for. As a Catholic Christian, I believe that God gave me my illness for a reason. I feel as if it is my job to use my struggles and to help others with my experiences. I am a warrior, and please never forget that you are too.