You can't see: Invisible illness
Invisible, inhospitable only subtly detectable
To be accused as pretending is completely unacceptable
You can’t see that each day is filled with excruciating pain
It feels like poison is flowing and ripping through my veins
You can’t see the thick black fog that fills my brain
It clouds my memories and all I know, what’s my name again?
You can’t see that my insides are in tatters
Every day I wake to a new day of battle
You don’t see behind closed doors
You don’t see me in a heap on the floor
You don’t see when exhaustion leaves me paralysed
Helplessly laying there I can’t move or talk, I’m terrified
There is often so much more than meets the eye
I have power only in the words that I can write
Don’t judge on only what your eyes can see
The truth might be hidden, they might be sick invisibly, like me.
Remember we all have hidden depths. Don't just assume an illness is always visible. Don't just assume being disabled means being visibly disabled. Invisible illness sufferers have a hard time getting people to believe they are sick, don't be one of those people who questions it. Don't judge them. Invisible illness month is coming to an end, but I will continue to be an advocate. To me invisible illness sufferers are not invisible, I see them, and I see that they are strong.
If you haven't yet seen M.E: The Visual Campaign which highlights invisible illness through photography, see it here here