This is a photo of a person who deals with chronic pain.

This is a photo of a person attempting to smile through the pain.

This is a photo of a person who has been in the same clothes for two days and is wearing yesterday's make up because of pain.
The above is a photo of a person who deals with pain daily and pushes through because life dealt them this hand and they don't have a choice.

No wait. They have one choice:

Be miserable or force a smile until they believe it.
This is a PSA to remind folks at that invisible illness is a thing. Be kind to others. You have no idea what they are going through.

You have no idea that they lay in bed sleepless due to pain. That standing and walking hurts like heck. Sitting hurts. Laying down hurts.
People like me are doing their best. We force ourselves to do so much even when our bodies protest. We have to, because the thought of life passing us by is worse than forcing a smile through the pain.
But just because we push, just because we appear to be strong doesn't mean we don't need kindness and empathy.

Doesn't mean we don't require patience and care.

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