Let's face it... chronic illness can have its humorous moments if we look for them.
You know you have a chronic illness when...
* You understand all the medical terminology discussed on the T.V. show Grey's Anatomy.
* When you hear the term "Club Med" you automatically think of the hospital.
* You ask your child to open the "child-proof" bottles of medicine because your hands are too sore.
* Your medical records have to be transported on a cart.
* To entertain people at parties you recite the side effects of medications as if you are the voice over on a commercial.
* Your favorite Oprah program is when Dr. Oz is on.
* To get rid of boredom on road trips, your whole family can go through the alphabet and name a drug that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
* When you're unable to sleep because of pain, you watch "The Jerry Springer Show" and feel like you actually have a life.
* Your spelling has improved dramatically, especially on words like "fibromyalgia" and "osteoporosis."
* Or you've been "Around the World in Thirty Minutes" with CNN's Headline News 57 times in one sitting.
* You have a panic attack in public and say, "Praise God this is only the fourth one today!"
* You're invited to the wedding of the gal who works at the hospital lab.
* You're child thinks watching you do injections of medication is "cool."
* You have a flashback and don't know what happened and can honestly say, "I don't know where I was or what I was doing but I'll make something up if you'd like."
Reprinted with permission of Lisa Copen, Copyright 2007, National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, http://www.invisibleillness.com
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