A response to Bill Maher saying we need to bring fat shaming back because, “Being fat isn’t a birth defect. Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on an airplane.” You’re correct. I was not born fat.
Despite being chubby throughout most of my childhood, I graduated high school weighing 126 lbs at 5’8”. Actually, because of treatment from a medical condition, I lost weight so quickly other parents were so worried I had an eating disorder they talked to my mother and my band director. Until the beginning of my junior year of college I remained a size 4.
In 2011 I saw the onset of (what we later found to be) lupus accompanied by a major RA flare. I can’t begin to explain the amount of pain I was in when I woke up that morning. I was immobile. I thought I was dying.
In the last 8 years I’ve...
Gone through chemo twice, both times for over a year.
Taken Plaquenil every day for 6 years.
Stabbed myself weekly in the leg with an EpiPen-like shot.
Swallowed 20+ pills a day.
Seen a decrease in kidney function, loss of fine motor skills in my hands, depression, rashes, and mouth sores.
Developed chronic fatigue keeping me in bed 12+ hours most days.
Been threatened to be fired from two companies because of excess sick days.
Taken steroids on and off for a total of 46 months. (Yes, I’m so angry I went and tallied the months in my CVS records.) I took steroids daily for over a year. In those 16 months I gained 100 pounds.
Since diagnosis, I’ve gained 150 pounds. More if you consider the times I managed to lose 30+ pounds and gained it back.
I’m not able to workout the same as someone without a chronic illness. Some days I’m barely mobile enough to shower or even wipe my own ass. And if you’ve never felt steroid hunger, know that eating a salad doesn’t satisfy it. As much as I tried to stay healthy, Chick-fil-A and “monster cookies” from Publix were the only things that kept me sane.
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