Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Poem for Invisible Illness Awareness

Just because you can't see it
Doesn't mean it's not there
So don't stand in judgement
Don't say you don't care

So many diseases 
That cannot be seen
But denying their existence
Is really quite mean

The people who suffer
Including myself
Need belief and acceptance
We're crying for help

The pain that we live through
All night and all day
Is something we hide and
Don't put on display

We live in the shadows
Keep friends in the dark
Mask our pain with fake smiles
It's no "walk in the park"

We strive to look "normal"
As best we can manage
We keep up appearances
So you won't know the damage

The endless stream of symptoms 
That control our daily lives
Are beyond comprehension
And tough to survive

You could never imagine
The pain that we feel
But I can assure you
It's hellishly real

The worst is the doubting
Of family and friends
As to whether or not
They will stay till the end

To many desert us
In our time of need
So I've written this poem
As a warning to heed

Abandoning someone
Is morally wrong
Even when you think
That the person is strong

So don't turn your back
Or call us a fake
You will never understand
The sacrifices we make

Just getting out of bed
Is an endurance trial 
Some days walking a foot
Feels like a mile

Before you make assumptions
Based on what you can't see 
Imagine if it was you in pain
And the non-believer was me

Some illnesses are invisible
To the naked eye
Some victims lose their battles
Too many good people die

So think how you'd feel 
If the roles were reversed
And no one believed
Your invisible curse

Awareness is key
I'm spreading the word
May is our month
So stand up and be heard!

(May is Invisible Illness Awareness Month and in honor of that I wrote this poem...)



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