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CJ Blogger Kirsten Schultz shares how she went from sharing nothing about her Systemic JIA with her husband to adding him as a partner in her health.
Recently, some people have been using the tag #StoptheStigma on social media outlets to raise awareness of the stigmatization of chronic pain patients. It really bothers me. And here's why:
Growing up with Systemic JA and in an abusive household, I learned that my opinion was not wanted, that my existence was only valued based on what I could do for others. My mother needed me as an emotional extension of herself. Other abusers needed me as a means to an end.
Kirsten Schultz knows that for those with chronic illness, the idea of thanking your body elicits reactions such as, “Thank my body? For what?” But thanking helps. Here's how
CJ Blogger Kirsten Schultz on self-love & self-care and why it's especially important for those living with chronic illness—and some basic steps on how to do it
CreakyJoints Blogger Kirsten Schultz on why sex is an important basic human need whether or not you are living with chronic illness
CJ Blogger Kirsten Schultz on why she created a petition asking Aaron Sorkin to show Lucille Ball's struggle with rheumatoid arthritis in his upcoming biopic
CJ Blogger Kirsten Schultz, diagnosed with systemic juvenile arthritis at 5, on how to avoid infantilizing those with chronic illness & disabilities—and still help
Kirsten Schultz joins the CreakyJoints Blogger lineup, where she will start a conversation about deserving love and pleasure—and feeling good about yourself and your body, despite the things that may be wrong