My name is Courtney and I live with quite a few physical and mental illnesses. One thing that they all have in common is that, for the most part, they are all invisible.
I have never been "healthy". Starting from a very young age I have had a list of ailments, including asthma, allergies (including anaphylaxis), and eczema.
Things took a scarier turn when at 14 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I was on an intensive chemotherapy protocol for about 2.5 years. I missed my whole first year of high school because of this, however, my mom fought for me to be homeschooled that year and I was able to graduate on time with my class!
I remember almost every day, every procedure, every test, every side effect, every scary moment. That's the thing about having cancer as a teenager, you remember it all.
I thought once I beat cancer that I'd finally get a "normal" life, but that wasn't the case. As you can imagine, having cancer paved the way for generalized anxiety disorder with panic attacks, and major depression disorder. These haven't gone away and at times become overwhelming and increasingly difficult to manage.
At 23, and shortly after I got married, the autoimmune diseases and further physical maladies came full force. And by 26 I was on disability.
Amidst all of this medical drama, I still have the very best friends in the world who have been by my side since before leukemia and who hold my hands during the chronic pain I experience now.
I have the very best husband in the world who I couldn't imagine life without.
We have a dog and a cat who are amazing support animals and who make every day brighter.
I am loved abundantly, and I couldn't ask for more than that.
I have an Instagram account, @chronically_courtney where people can find me and message me!