Chronic pain & chronic illnesses are an on-going, sometimes daily repetition of the grief cycle, especially with conditions that get progressively worse as time goes by. Just when you think you’ve finally reached a level of acceptance of your health and diminished abilities and endurance, it gets worse, and you have to go through the whole cycle all over again.
How cool is it that when you take all the cells out of an organ it still looks like an organ?
I remember when I was in high school and still very confused about how tissues worked, because all anyone taught me was that we’re made up of piles of cells hung on bones. But that’s not how it is! Cells build themselves little hammocks of polymer and densely branched glycoproteins; we’re like onions, layers of membrane over tough rubbery collagen, huge protein scaffolds cradling slippery organs.
Bodies are not made of cells — bodies are made by cells.
And if you have a genetic disorder that effects collagen production, it effects EVERYTHING.