What It’s Really Like to Relocate in the Military with an Auto-Immune Disease

Military relocation is, frankly, part of the military, but adding in autoimmune disease makes it all the more complex. I swear life just slaps me in the face sometimes with this chaos, and I’m not quite sure what to do about it. Why’s it moving so hard? Well, let me tell you.

  1. Junk. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like we have a ton of junk. In fact, at this point, I wish I had a Rent-A-Center so that I could just pick up my suitcase and roll it out when it’s time to go. But when you have a family, you inevitably acquire this and that. It’s exhausting.
  • Packing. The process of moving doesn’t sound difficult until you have to do it. The military is kind enough to send a company to pack and move your household. Which is great until they pack everything up and leave you in an empty house with nothing until you leave in a week. I’ve found that the smart thing to do is to put everything aside that you need to live before the packers come. For example, a couple of clothes and shoes for you and your family is all you need. I say this because when the packers come, they pack everything in sight, and I’m not exaggerating.
  • Unpacking. In my experience, unpacking is nothing short of a disaster. When you get to a new duty station, you have to unpack, and my autoimmune disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis) prevents me from doing much of any of this. While you can have the packers unpack for you, they leave your home a complete disaster because they don’t put anything away. 

Moving with an autoimmune disease is severe. You don’t know anyone, and you can’t do a lot of it yourself. My husband can’t do it all, and it prompts me to get help from a company, which can also get expensive. While things like this are beyond my control, I know that I can only do what I can do.

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