If only people could see the pain and struggles we face daily.
Most healthy individuals will never truly understand what we go through living with a chronic illness day after day. The pain and sickness never go away.
We put makeup on and dress up so we can feel normal even if it’s just for a few moments. It takes a lot of effort and uses what little energy we have to do our hair and makeup. The pain is always present underneath the surface.
We don’t want to look sick when we go out in public.
When you say “you don’t look sick” to someone with a chronic illness what we hear is that you don’t believe that we are that sick. How can anyone look good and be smiling if they are really that sick?
Please be kind you never know what others are going through.
“Chronic pain is one of the most underestimated health care problems in the world today. We believe chronic pain is a disease in its own right.” Professor Harald Breivik, World Health Organization