What do chronically ill teenagers do for fun? We listen to Alex Day, read Divergent, and watch Vine videos. We also like to play extremely violent video games, act way too old for ourselves and make adults squirm with our music, but that's a story for a different time. All too often, I think people are put into a group. The groups that interest me the most are young adults and chronically ill young adults, as if there is a huge difference.
Alright, I admit it; there are times it shows that one hasn't any health concerns. Like when one can put on skin tight jeans and the other can't because of swollen joints. Or when one can go the whole day nonstop and the other struggles. And even when one can make 'risky' choices and only worry about getting caught, when the other can't because there is too much that could go wrong as well as getting caught. But honestly, there isn't much after that stuff.
I might have arthritis. I might go to the hospital more often than I'd like to admit. I might deal with chronic pain. But by no means am I as old as my body feels. I will put on cute clothes for no reason. I love when boys give me a bit of attention. I can't help but get excited over a new Disney movie. I know all the latest gadgets. And I love getting to make a day into an adventure.
Teens with chronic illnesses just have more responsiblity. We just may be more mature because of it. We've gone through a lot and have strengths that others won't until they go through the same. I'm not an adult. I'm not a child. Don't treat me as either. Treat me as a teenager.