Chronic Pain

11 things you’ll only know if you have both a mental and a chronic illness

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In January 2015, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – a form of Inflammatory bowel disease after having emergency surgery to remove the colon it had taken hold of. 

By the end of 2015, I was diagnosed with type 1 bipolar disorder – a mood disorder which, with type 1, means I have more periods of elation than I do depression.

Both, in their own way, are tough enough to deal with. But when dealing with them together, it’s a whole other story.

Here are 11 things you’ll only know if you have both a mental and a chronic illness.

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