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But you don't look sick.....

The #nowismyillnessinvisible#butyoudontlooksick challenge.
It's also #invisibleillnessawarenessweek
In the photo on the left you can see that I look like an average girl. That day I had done my makeup and hair, I even put on jewellery.
And in the photos on the right I'm passed out after my 5th surgery, you can see an x-ray of my hips and a photo of my scars all bandaged up and my IV drip beside my hospital bed.
I have been told all the of things I feel us chronically ill just wait to hear, "but you don't look bad" "but your so pretty" "you don't look like your in pain" "your too young for that!" The list goes on.
I'm now just waiting until the day that someone confronts me in the disabled parking space and tells me I have no right to be there because I 'don't look disabled'.
It's sad how from such a young age the people around us tell us we have to look a certain way to be disabled, that only people using aids have disabilities. Shouldn't we just look as someone and assume that they are doing the right thing? Why do we have to question it?
I understand, some people believe that they are doing the right thing by confronting people but you should only ever do that if someone doesn't have the correct disability sticker, in no other case is it acceptable.
Just because I'm a teenager doesn't mean I can't be disabled.
97% of disabilities are invisible.
So, not only for this week but any time you see or hear someone (even yourself) being told they can be disabled because ___.
Please stick up for them so that the person accusing them can be educated and won't do it to somebody else.
Nobody should ever have to justify their disability and if you don't feel comfortable explaining yours to someone who has already made assumptions, you shouldn't have to. Nobody has the automatic right to know about your life unless you choose to tell them.
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