Not what you think
My semicolon tattoo means something different from what you think. This tattoo became more of a fad than anything. A fad for people with mental illness. I might catch a lot of flack for this, but it’s the way that I feel. I understand that mental illness is serious. I get it. I have trouble with anxiety because of my past health experiences all the time.
What makes me a little angry is that people of the IBD community have gotten semicolon tattoos for years and years now and not ONE person has recognized it in such an important way. In a way that is making the universe aware of mental illness and associating semicolons with it.
My colon semi work, hence my semicolon tattoo. It reminds me every day that it is ok to pause when I need to.
Life with Ulcerative Colitis
I have a strong work ethic and lying around and not doing anything, even when I was deathly ill, was never in my game plan for life. So, when I do have those tough days and I am a little more tired than usual, it can be frustrating. I do remind myself that this is the path that was chosen for me. I know my body better than most people ever will, so when it’s talking to me and telling me to slow down, I do my best to listen.
Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis are among the most extremely excruciating and ultimate silent diseases. Many of us might not look sick, but we suffer in silence. “You don’t look sick,” has been a favorite quote among those in the IBD community.
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