The Invisible Illness

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Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 673
   Posted 8/23/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
You cannot see my pain.
I look normal to you.
You say I am fine,
but you don't know the truth.
I may look healthy.
I may look very fit.
But the reality is
that I am rather sick.
You cannot see my illness.
But it really is there.
I am not faking to get attention.
It is not all in my head.
You cannot see my pain.
You cannot understand.
But this is very real.
This invisible illness of mine.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 8/23/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Very, very good Sassy. This poem could be used for many illnesses on Healingwell, not just Fibro. I also have Crohns Disease and Osteoarthritis, both illnesses that can't be seen, so I know that poem would apply there too.

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 236
   Posted 8/24/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Very nice poem ...
Thanks for sharing tongue
Spirit ~

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 386
   Posted 8/24/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sassy!

I need to print that out and put it up at my desk for all the yaw-whos that think I'm "normal". They think if I'm not limping or I might be joking around and smiling, "I'm all better."

Have a wonderful day! :-)
Fibromyalgia, Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia, Gastritis
300mg Gabapentin, 50mg Pristiq, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Ultracet

American Woman
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 96
   Posted 8/24/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
That poem was great and it says it all. Thanks for posting it.
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