How running helps this runner deal with chronic illness:

How running helps this runner deal with chronic illness:

I have a chronic illness called RSD, which stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It’s a chronic pain condition that I’ve lived with every day for more than 10 years. Simply put, my nerves are constantly sending signals to my brain that I am experiencing pain in both of my legs, from my toes to my thighs. The cycle never stops. I live in pain all day, every day. My RSD reminds me daily that I don’t have complete control over my body. Sometimes I will hurt physically and mentally just because the wind blows or because someone is talking too loudly. It’s easy to get defeated by my reality and lose motivation. In fact, RSD thrives off this mentality. It invades my body. It is pleased when I comply with its painful trajectory. If I’m being honest, it’s easy to let RSD take over my friendships, family life, school or work aspirations. I have definitely been down that slippery...

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