CIU is like being constantly taunted by your body. You never know when the next attack is going to come on, and you’re always bracing yourself for it. The skin you once felt comfortable in is now covered in itchy wheals and scars from previous outbreaks. The hives keep you up all night and you’re always tired. You lay awake, staring at the clock, counting down the hours until you have to get up. With each passing minute your frustration grows. Getting up in the morning becomes a struggle, yet falling asleep at night is impossible. You’re a living, breathing paradox. And you feel trapped. But you learn how to persevere. You learn how to fight through the bad and keep going. And as you learn how to treat and manage your illness you look back and realize that despite everything, despite all the challenges, you are strong. And nothing can take that victory from you.