Well Done, MTV.

Selena

I love me some Selena Gomez. ¬†And so do a BILLION¬†other people. ¬†Selena is the Queen of Instagram (aka she has the most followers) with 97.7 million. ¬†That’s basically a BILLION. ¬†Within the last year or so, it was revealed that our favorite pop star was diagnosed with Lupus. ¬†For anyone who knew about Lupus, the reaction was most likely, “Whoa, that’s rough.” ¬†She did a great interview, and basically said “thanks for all the¬†dodgy¬†rumors about why I was in the hospital or not around – I was getting chemotherapy.” ¬†Flash forward to the last few months where she’s been on tour. ¬†World tour! ¬†If you’re not sure what that’s like, please reference the documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” ¬†It’s exhausting for a healthy body, much less one wrought with an autoimmune disease.

Yesterday-ish, the announcement came that Selena is pushing pause on the tour. ¬†Why? ¬†Well because, among a bunch of other awful physical side effects, Lupus can cause anxiety and depression. ¬†I can understand¬†performing through physical pain – hell, most of them do it nightly, but mental pain is another story. ¬†Anxiety can cause you to freeze up like ¬†you forgot how to talk, or scream because you’re full of emotions you don’t want – just depends on the time of day. ¬†It also requires much more than just a pill to get a handle on it. ¬†That brings us to MTV. ¬†If you’re not a Snapchat user, there are all kinds of little news feeds on Snapchat from outlets like MTV, Buzzfeed, People, etc. ¬†All the gossip you need! ¬†Today, there was an entry from MTV about Selena. ¬†Along with the news of her break, they also did a list of “13 Things People with a Chronic Disease Wish You Understood. ¬†It was great. ¬†I love MTV for taking this opportunity to teach millions of young minds about chronic and/or hidden diseases. ¬†Because you know what sucks? ¬†Having anxiety and/or depression when you’re in the peak of your social years.

I’ve dealt with some level of anxiety/depression the majority of my life. ¬†I’ve missed plenty of social activities, trips, events, etc. and usually blame it on something else. ¬†Why? ¬†Because that’s way easier than trying to explain what it means to have anxiety. ¬†When you’re 13, “Sorry, I have anxiety and can’t handle a movie tonight,” doesn’t seem like a valid excuse. ¬†“My mom won’t let me” is much better – shout out to my mom for sometimes volunteering to let me blame her!

So here’s what I would love – I would love for anybody who reads this little Snapchat blog to have an “Aha!” moment. ¬†The hardest part of having an ailment nobody can see, is that they can’t see it. ¬†I didn’t realize that what I was feeling was anxiety until I was well into my 20s. ¬†The second hardest part – every day is different, and no one can¬†predict the future. ¬† So if one seventeen year old reads this, then doesn’t give their friend shit for turning down a party invite because they thought to themselves, “maybe they have a good reason for¬†not coming,” then God bless you, MTV.

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