The following poster was produced by an MS group, but is equally relevant to ME, Lupus, FMS, etc.
The slogan reads:
I'M NOT ASHAMED OF MY DISEASE,
BUT I WISH I DIDN'T HAVE IT.
I HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING TO BRING
IT UPON MYSELF, BUT I'M DOING
EVERYTHING TO FIGHT IT.
I SPEAK OPENLY ABOUT IT IN ORDER
TO RAISE AWARENESS.
I personally pondered a while before reaching the decision that I must publicise the effects of my ‘invisible illness’. When I am out and about, it is due to my experiencing a relatively good day. The vast majority of the time folk do not see me abed in my bed-cell swollen, in pain, suffering various neurological symptoms that militate against quotidian life let alone social contact.
Alas, in today's society where it is now acceptable to bait & hate disabled folk, it is necessary to provide personal accounts of suffering to counter the accusations of “faking it” &/or hypochondria and undermine the MSM lies & propaganda.
As I am reasonably literate and compos mentis some of the time, it is my personal moral duty to make every attempt I can to stand up for disability rights.
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MS = Multiple Sclerosis
ME = Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
FMS = Fibromyalgia
MSM = main-stream media