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Dear Idiopathic Hypersomnia,

A teddybear lays face-down in a bed reflecting the tone of an author's letter written to idopathic hypersomnia
How much of my life have I spent hitting snooze? I’ve missed so much. I’ve unwillingly devoted entire days to sleep because of you. The sun makes me tired. Rain makes me tired. Eating too much. Not eating enough. Car rides. Bike rides. Swimming. Everything makes me tired. Idiopathic Hypersomnia, YOU make me tired...

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The ripe belly of a pregnant woman is presented with her wife's hands interlaced atop it, as selected by the courageous author whose letter to postpartum is featured at www.deardiagnosis.com.
What you didn’t tell me is how I would lose my sense of self in both good and bad ways, how I would go a bit crazy. How I would dance and hula hoop on the sun-kissed deck at 6am before the baby woke up, how I would cry with joy and swelling emotion as I listened to a favorite song. How I would experience a manic episode starting a week after the baby was born…

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shoes dangling from a telephone line as is suggestive of a drug sale
To all the diagnostic labels that have tormented me for as long as I can remember: You are not welcome in my life. From a child you lied to me saying I was broken and cant do the things I want. You tried very hard to prevent me from studying and just want me to die. I don't like your plan for my life and you need to leave me alone...

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Shattered glass representative of the shattered bones this teen author writes about
I spin, twirl, shake, leap. You're still there as I watch others. You're in my mind as I create. You're telling me I'm bad - I'm going to fall. I try to ignore you. I try, I try, I try but, I can't multitask! As I forget what's going on, you come back stronger. "You're going to fall, you're going to fall," you say...

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