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Ableism, Chronic Illness And Being Invisible – Guest Post By Trista Ann Marie Eazell
Wednesday 2 October 2019
Ableism, Chronic Illness and Being Invisible – Guest Post by Trista Ann Marie Eazell
The following is a guest piece by Trista Ann Marie Eazell.
I do not remember a time where my body wasn’t screaming in pain.
At eleven years old I – a child who had never once complained of pain before – began crying because my body hurt so bad.
My mother took me to multiple doctors, but they didn’t believe me and told her I was making things up. That the pain in my body wasn’t real.
My mother refused to listen, and thousands of dollars were spent on me being poked, prodded, attempting every treatment we could get our hands-on.
Eventually, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disease of widespread chronic pain that has mystified the medical world for decades.
My parents are of the born-again persuasion of Christianity and many Christians who heard of my disease would speak words of “prophecy” that I would be “healed in the name of Jesus,” and at first I believed them.
I believed that if I had enough faith and enough people prayed, I would be free from the constant and unending pain.
But the healing never came.
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