Anonymous said: does chronic depression count as a chronic illness or is chronic illness only physical illnesses?

We have a very strong standing on this.  Chronic depression or any other mental illness is still a chronic illness.  It irritates me to no end to hear people say otherwise.  

Because when people deny that mental illnesses are chronic illnesses, they are saying that mental illnesses are not based in physiology.  They are saying that they are somehow emotional or spiritual in origin.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  Mental illnesses are based in brain chemistry and physiology.  Just like any other organ in the body, the brain can physically malfunction.  It can produce too much of one neurotransmitter or not enough of another.  It can have failed synapses, or overactive synapses.  There can be actual brain damage from physical trauma.  There are many reasons why the brain does not function within average parameters.

But the stigmatization of mental illness would have you believe that this is something that is in your control.  That somehow you are to blame for this illness.  That this is something you can turn on and off by sheer willpower, positive thinking or faith.  That is like telling someone who needs glasses, that if they just tried harder, their eyes would work without help.  It is like telling a someone in a wheelchair that they just need to think happy thoughts  and their body would be able to walk unassisted.  (Not that those things don’t actually happen.)

Mental illness is physical and it is chronic and I will throw down with anyone who says otherwise.

There is so much more to rant about on this subject, but I will stick to answering your question.  Yes, depression is a chronic illness.  And it is a physical illness, even if the organ that is not working properly is the brain.

Also, you did not ask this, but I want to assure you that you ARE welcomed here.  We do focus on physical illnesses because that is what we suffer from and it is what we know and understand.  It does not mean you cannot relate and it does not mean you do not belong. 

Thank you for being brave enough to ask this question.  You made yourself very vulnerable to rejection and I have so much respect for you.

(EDIT:  I was standing in the kitchen and realized that I said we focus on physical illness, which was goes against the heart of this message.  I apologize.  I should have said we focus on illnesses not usually classified as mental illness because our diagnosis fall outside that umbrella.  I am truly sorry for my wording.)

Giveaway Is Now Closed

My lovely partner in crime will be sorting through and contacting the winners tomorrow (spoons willing).  Thank  you all for your support!  The creators are very excited to be working with us on this project.  We are super thankful for how supportive they have been in seeing our idea come to life!

No one understands how bad I really
feel when I say ” I don’t feel good” or “I’m not up to it” and no one seems to listen. They just want me to keep up with them anyways.

Are you still posting online shops by the chronically ill? I’m a college student with multiple sclerosis and I have two shops where I sell handmade jewelry, accessories, and custom art: http://paradoxcreations.storenvy.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/ParadoxNowCreations

My shops also have a tumblr: http://paradoxcreations.tumblr.com/

(Added:  http://chronicillnessmemes.tumblr.com/spoonieshops)

hawkelf said: Hi, I was wondering if you could put my etsy on the list of chronically ill shops? I have fibromyalgia, and I dye and spin yarn, and might be putting some hand-bound journals in there soon. My shop is the only income I have for going to the doctor, and I'd really appreciate the visibility boost. It's called A Jolly Yarn, so in the etsy url it's ajollyyarn

Done and done!

(http://chronicillnessmemes.tumblr.com/spoonieshops)

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~~~ GIVEAWAY  !!!!!!!!! ~~~~

chronicillnessmemes:

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In honor of the Pumpkin Online Kickstarter, we’re doing a giveaway to generate more buzz and hopefully get some more money for them!

For those of you who dont know, Pumpkin Online is a farming and dating MMO, which is love equality and gender spectrum friendly! You dont have to choose a gender and can date an NPC no matter their gender.

Also, there will be a spoonie island, at least one disabled NPC, and possibly (depending on how well the kickstarter goes and how much money is raised), some more fun things to bring awareness to chronic illness and disability. ;)

We’re really hoping to get the word out and generate some buzz. We’re only halfway there with only 13 days left, and this game needs to be made!

RULES: You dont have to follow us, just reblog this post! Sorry, likes dont count, since we’re trying to spread the word. No giveaway blogs, please. Must be willing to give your address for shipping. Winners will be chosen via Random Number Generator.

PRIZES!!!

1st, 2nd, And 3rd Place!!

 A game pass for the Beta of Pumpkin Online!

4th And 5th Place!

An item of your choice at $20 or less from any etsy shop run by someone chronically ill! We may be having the giveaway for Pumpkin Onlines benefit, but that doesnt mean we dont want to support our fellow Spoonies!

A few for you to check out:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperPoppyStore

https://www.etsy.com/shop/16bitmick

You can see a full list here: http://chronicillnessmemes.tumblr.com/spoonieshops

If you know of a spoonie shop you want to frequent thats not on the list, that’s fine too! Etsy shop must be in your country due to cost of international shipping. 

6th and 7th Place – A drawing of yourself, your pet, or whatever else you want, done by helloelloh (examples of her art here: http://helloelloh.tumblr.com/commissions )

THESE PRIZES WILL ONLY BE GIVEN OUT IF KICKSTARTER REACHES ITS GOAL, so get to reblogging, and please donate what you can! Even a dollar helps, and gets you your name on the end credits of the game, so you’ll be a part of it no matter how small your donation.

Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/749023221/pumpkin-online-a-farming-dating-sim-mmoprg

Drawing on Friday the 19th of September, assuming all goes well!!

PUMPKIN ONLINE HAS BEEN FUNDED, AND WE’RE JUST $800 AWAY FROM THE STRETCH GOAL OF $35K, WHERE SPOONIE ISLAND WILL GET ITS OWN QUEST LINE.

Because of this, ALL PRIZES WILL be given away!

Not only that, but we’re offering the choice to choose a tier below what youve won - so if you already have a game pass and dont want another one, you can get either an etsy item, or an art commission! 

You can see all the info here: 

http://chronicillnessmemes.tumblr.com/post/97769911101/giveaway-update

Friendly reminder that all gifts in tiers one and two will need your email and address! 

Reblog and dont forget to donate if you havent already and can! We’re so close to our second goal!

(EDIT: GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.  REBLOGS AFTER THIS POINT WILL BE APPRECIATED, BUT NOT COUNTED.  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!)

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GIVEAWAY UPDATE!!

You can find the link to our giveaway post here 

Because PUMPKIN ONLINE HAS BEEN FUNDED we can confirm that all gifts WILL be given away!

We’ve also introduced a new rule for those selected in the giveaway - For each tier, you can choose a gift tier below! 

To remind you, the prizes are as follows:

PRIZES!!!

1st, 2nd, And 3rd Place!!

 A game pass for the Beta of Pumpkin Online!

4th And 5th Place!

An item of your choice at $20 or less from any etsy shop run by someone chronically ill! We may be having the giveaway for Pumpkin Onlines benefit, but that doesnt mean we dont want to support our fellow Spoonies!

6th and 7th Place – A drawing of yourself, your pet, or whatever else you want, done by helloelloh (examples of her art here: http://helloelloh.tumblr.com/commissions )

So if for example, you win a game pass to the beta but already bought one - you could choose an art commission, or a spoonie etsy shop item! 

To keep costs down, we can only give away up to 4 more etsy prizes, for people who would prefer something other than the beta pass.

For each person who declines their tier, the next person to be selected will win that tier prize. (For example, if first place wants a 2nd place prize, the person who would have been in fourth place has the option to choose a Beta Pass. The same will happen for someone who chooses a commission instead of an etsy prize)

Which means - MORE PEOPLE WILL GET MORE PRIZES!!!

Go on and reblog the giveaway if you havent already, and dont forget to donate to Pumpkin Online Here - Remember, if we get to 35,000 Spoonie Island will get a quest line!  

We’re under $800 to the stretch goal, with 20 hrs to go!

Giveaway ends and prizes are drawn Friday, Sept 19th!

GIVEAWAY POST HERE - BE SURE TO REBLOG 

http://chronicillnessmemes.tumblr.com/post/96724942391/giveaway