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19 Things People With Chronic Pain Want You To Know

We may not look sick, but we are sick.

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1. If we had the choice, we would never cancel plans.

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2. Our illness won't just go away. It isn't a cold.

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3. We don't know how to answer you when you ask us if we're feeling better yet.

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Because we aren't...and we might never be.

4. Sometimes, all we need is to just know you are here for us.

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6. We're trying very hard to lead a normal life.

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7. Some days, it’s a struggle just to get out of bed. But on other days, we feel as if we could run at least part of a marathon!

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8. We have a difficult time explaining how it feels to suffer from chronic pain.

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10. Please, please do not tell us that someone, somewhere has it worse than we do.

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That only makes us feel worse.

11. You'd think dealing with pain on a daily basis would mean we always know how to manage it. Nope.

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13. Just because you haven't heard of our condition doesn't mean it isn't real.

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14. We may not look sick, but we are sick.

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15. We don't necessarily want sympathy, we just want acceptance.

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We just want our feelings and conditions to be validated by you and society.

17. More often than not, we want you to ask us about our condition.

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You will not upset us.

18. It may be a little difficult for us to listen to your adventures.

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But it's not because we don't care — because we want to have adventures of our own.

19. And most of all, we want you to know we appreciate you and everything you do.

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Thanks for being a part of our life.

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