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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Invisible Illness Week

While I appear healthy, and some say that I look younger than my years, the fact is that I am not as healthy as they think.

Why? Because I have what is known as an "Invisible Illness" I have Peripheral Neuropathy in arms and legs. PN causes 24/7 pain, some generalized, some tingling, feelings of electrical shock and stabbing pain, numbness which can cause us to fall, drop things, run into things. And the most unbelievable thing for most people is that while we have areas that are numb, those same areas (fingers, hands, legs, feet, etc) can and do hurt like the dickens!

I also have Fibromyalgia. It too causes generalized pain and weakness in our arms, hands, legs, and extreme exhaustion.

Add to that the bone spurs in my spine, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, osteoarthritis throughout my body, two mal-functioning heart valves, carpal tunnel in both wrists, and a few other invisible problems, on some days I'm a walking disaster~

So Please, the next time you see a "healthy" person park in one of those special Blue Parking spots, give them the benefit of doubt. They too, may suffer from an

~Invisible Illness~