Unwelcome companion

I have a chronic illness

It makes me ruminate, obsess

Over its existence constantly

The shadow I don’t want to see

Like a companion cantankerous

Interrupting, creating a fuss

Admonishing me to take care of it

Reminding me of things that can’t fit

My life and my chronic illness

Warning me to manage stress

Given to me, quite ironically

By the illness that rules over me..


Sometimes I think the illness could be

A suffix added to my name, I cannot see

Myself without the addition

Of my unfortunate condition

For many years I have tried in every way

To tame this beast, yet to this day

The beast of my illness rules over me

I just tolerate its unpredictability


The world tends to tie productivity

To physical fitness, thus someone like me

Could be considered a worker subpar

That is what would hurt me the most, by far

So I try to give my 110 percent

Go above and beyond to prevent

Any doubts raised on my performance

Illness or not, I still strive towards excellence

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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