I had to laugh at your posts title - so true.
A lot of people have no compassion for things they cant see with their own eyes - unless you have visible inflammation and then you my get an 'oh' out of them
I find I get more compassion from people when I tell them I have Crohn's Disease and describe what that is to them - you see nobody wants to sit on the toilet 20+ times a day, but when you say RA they are happy to tell you about some little pain they are having that day
Thanks for the giggle from your title
Thank you for the response, Exitwound. It is very hurtful to be doubted. What upset me so, was the fact that my father has several illnesses, including FMS, degenerative disc/muscle disease , chronic pain syndrome & RLS- to name a few. He often uses his wheelchair when we go to an event or anything that requires a lot of walking (he was only in his early 40's when he started to utilize a wheelchair- hard for a man's pride at that age.) So of all people, my mom & dad should have been the most understanding! (I believe the whole "Intervention Hoopla" was more my mom.) But anyway, my dad went to several doctors for a period of 3-4 yrs. before he had all of his diagnoses. And our stories are quite similar actually. But out of all people, my parents should've been the most supportive because my mom went through this with my dad for yrs. - But any whoo, I do have their support now and that's what matter most!
I feel that I am way overdue for some apologizes at this point. - I'm not holding my breath!!! But karma is a...you know what, so I sure hope that the people who treated me awful never have to deal with HALF of what I've been through!! I will say that there was a point where a couple doctors told my dad that he was just "Clinically Depressed" and it can trick your mind into thinking that you are far worse than you actually are. When I heard that I questioned whether of not that was the case. And I can honestly say that I was doubting that my dad was really in that type of pain. (He didn't look sick- We've all heard that one!) - I am not saying that "Karma" came back and bit me in the butt and I somehow deserve this. But it makes you think twice about judging others and making assumptions!!