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Flare vs relapse, recovery

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The last few days I’ve been experiencing what is commonly referred to as a flare up of symptoms. No new symptoms, just a worsening of existing ones.

Even though the rational part of my brain knew “this too would pass” and I should just ride it out with equanimity, part of me couldn’t resist fretting that maybe this was my new normal, freaking about work, etc.

Coming (hopefully) out the other side of it now, calm restored, I can view it dispassionately and plan for the next one – both in how I internally handle it, and if/how I “publicise” it. I don’t want special treatment, or to worry those around me to no purpose.