Someone accused me of faking or exaggerating my pain to get attention from people. The truth is that I am an introvert and most of the time, I prefer when people are oblivious to my pain. Every single day, I give everything I have to look as healthy as possible. The fact that you are accusing me is hurtful on so many levels.
Unfortunately, this situation isn’t unique. Many believe that people suffering from a chronic illness are just faking it for attention.
On one hand, I feel so lucky that I am able to work a full-time job and do many of the things I want to do even while living with multiple chronic illnesses. On the other hand, I am constantly frustrated by the construct of trying to live in a “healthy person’s” world, knowing that I truly am not functioning on the same level as everyone around me.
Having people believe that you are faking your illness because you want attention augments the felling of being isolated every day from the invisible pain we carry. The truth is there aren’t really words to explain how it feels to be hurting so bad and feeling that you can’t stand one more moment. Yet, this is how we feel every single day. Having the people around you be oblivious to it or accuse you of faking makes everything worse.