One of the hardest things about getting diagnosed with a chronic illness is the effects they have on your mental health.
When I was going through the diagnosis process, my mental health was at an all time low. I couldn't explain to people what was going on with me and had to cancel a lot of plans thanks to my, at the time, unknown illness.
Then I finally got a diagnosis and the feeling of grief and sadness kicked in thanks to not being able to do what I used to be able to do the things I used to and having to give up foods and things. I still had to cancel plans, people didn't understand what I was going through. and I didn't know how to cope.
These feelings are all valid. These feelings are all normal. I have had Crohns for three years now and have been diagnosed with other things on top of it and I am here to tell you that it gets better. You may feel like absolute crap, but I promise it gets better as time goes on mentally.
I love you all lots.