Sick for 2 Years – A reflection | Whit Happens


Hey yall!  How you living?  How your mama ‘nem?  That’s good.  I always did like your mama!  Anyway, I’m hear to talk about my reflections on the last couple of years since I’ve been sick.  I’m going to start doing a lot more stuff on the blog about it so it makes sense to talk about it at just around the 2 year mark.


For those of you who haven’t known me for two years, I’ll give you a brief synopsis.  For those who have known me…consider this a refresher.  I’m sure you didn’t study the first time anyway.

  • Senior year of college, I got a bad case of allergies and what was soon to be diagnosed as asthma.  Cool fine.  Asthma was like the new cool hip thing to get in DC.  It was like…”oh you don’t have asthma…you must be new here”  Inhalers were the new black.
  • Then I went on for years…like 7…give or take a day poorly coping with this asthma on and off.  I mean…who deals well with that.
  • In 2013, my asthma was getting worse and I was also losing a lot of weight (on purpose) so it didn’t make sense to me for my breathing to be worsening.  So, I went to a bunch of doctors.
  • Lesson…TRUST YOURSELF.  The advice I got from the specialist I went to was pure and utter bullshit.  I called him on it but he still wasn’t moving with a purpose so I was looking for new doctors.
  • As I was looking for new doctors, in late February 2014, I was hospitalized and needed to get my gall bladder removed.  That surgery went well.
  • However, the night after the surgery, I suddenly had a horrible case of pneumonia and I was severely hypoxic.  Therefore, I had to be put on a ventilator for over a week.
  • No one knew what was wrong.  I was poked and proded for months.  I was diagnosed with what later turned out to be a symptom and not the actual issue.
  • Was hospitalized again in October 2014.  You can read these posts on what happened: October post, Diagnosis post

But now…here we are.  I’m the cutest girl on oxygen you know and you love it! 



Through it all, I can’t lie and say being sick has been easy.  It hasn’t been.  I can’t say that I express that well at all but it’s not easy.  I’ve struggled with a lot and I’ve been fairly silent about it.  It’s mostly been because I don’t think anyone will care or really believe me.  I’ve been hesitant to make plans because who knows how I’ll feel from day to day.

I spent most of 2014 just trying to understand what was going on and 2015 just attempting to understand, deal, and start to get over being sick.  In the last 7-8 months, I’ve been able to get over my mental block about what’s been keeping me down and begin to “live” a lot more.

I’ve got a lot of life left in me even if it’s not as much as I’d like.  But who knows…I may outlive all yall.  See what could happen is that my own personal oxygen supply could save me from the zombie apocalype…or something right.  Like…maybe if the zombie apocalypse is like it was in World War Z where they skip the sick and shut in.

But, I’ll be sharing more with y’all lately.  Through this, I’ve really been able to start pursuing everything I want in life and I feel like I’m here to help others do the same.  I’m celebrating by launching this shirt on teespring.  If you love it…buy it:

Do y’all like hearing about all this sick stuff or nah…let me know?

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    Yo, I’ve been quietly following and am always happy when you perk up through it all. I can’t imagine what the bad days are like but it is good to see that there are some good days and that you are funding your way. Keep sharing. You’re a good writer and people will find value in your journey.

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      Thanks James! That means a lot to me. I will definitely keep sharing. The vote of confidence is just what I needed to hear!

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    That’s for sharing Whit. It’s inspired me to share about my own struggles with my accident. I wasn’t sure whether I should or not, but now I know its a way to help my own psychological welbeing by sharing my experiences. Its especially difficult dealing with specialists who poke an prod and can’t find anything wrong with you and sometimes you think to yourself ‘is my pain and suffering all in my head?” … I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one fed up with the medical / healthcare profession. Sometimes I think its best to TRUST yourself. No one knows your body better than you do! PS you are the cutest girl on oxygen!! lol Keep them coming… Its what we need to hear.

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      awww Keila! Thanks! I’m glad I can be an inspiration for you to share your journey!! Please do. I can’t wait to hear. You definitely have to be an advocate for your own health. I’ve found doctors now who listen to me and I’m not afraid to speak up if need be.

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        Here here!! It’s so empowering finding a health professional who listens & supports you. It acknowledges that you’re not going crazy, you’re actually sick, and there’s endorsing that! I think that’s wonderful!!
        I can’t wait to keep reading about your journey! Stay healthy!

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    Thanks for sharing this with us I am not the healthiest person either, I posted my story also, In jesus name you will go on just keep the faith. sometimes its best to read up and get natural rememdies because all some of these doctors do is diagnose you wrongly and kill you faster, i know that all too well

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      Thanks Kerona!!

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    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am 32 years into a chronic illness that changed my life at 14. I’ve never let it stop me. Has it shaped the person that I have become – yes, but it does not own me. Keep pushing, Soror – chronic illness warrior. Let your light shine bright!

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    I’m sorry to hear about your sickness and pray you have a full recovery. I think talking about it can be very therapeutic fo you so keep doing it. Plus, you never know who you’ll be able to touch! 🙂

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      Thanks for reading Stacie! I do have to live in my truth. I hope someone is touched.

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