Ignorance is the Disability: A video by Caylee Shea –The Pain is Real.

This woman is chronically ill, like me. This video reveals some of the awful things that people say or do to people that are ill, especially when they are very young or not visibly sick. The judgements we go through every day, the reminders that we aren’t ‘normal’ for our age; that we can’t do what everyone else can; that we are broken; they eat away at the courage and strength we do have. Don’t forget that everyone is going through something. It may be obvious, or it may be a deep dark secret, invisible to others. We must treat others with respect and dignity, and think about how you would feel if you were in that situation.

I have several chronic illnesses, and like her, they have intensified in the last year or so.  Unlike hers, mine was not due to the Gardisil vaccine, but that doesn’t make it any more or less important or severe. We can’t compare our pain with others, because pain is relative to the person’s own experiences. We can only try to help when we can, and find comfort knowing that others can understand our worries.

I will share with you my struggles, with my illnesses, with my family, with my goals. Thank you for reading. I will see you soon.

E&O

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