Reblog – I Am Here

My friend, Claire, has eloquently voiced my feelings and probably those of most people who deal with chronic pain and illness. Missing important events makes you feel even more isolated and invisible.

Lydia!

Pain Pals

I am here,

Do you still see me?

My heart is beating

Within my broken shell.

A mind is playing

The words of a lifetime

The will is surviving

To write a legacy well.SONY DSC

Am I succeeding?

Am I still growing?

In spite of a body

That creaks with pain.

My mind is creating

My will is still flowing

To harness experience

For a generation to gain.

I may be unseen

Not always present,

But can you still see me?

Here I remain.

Claire Saul

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“OCD” – A Spoken Word Poem By Neil Hilborn

In my effort to fight the stigma of chronic illness, I am always looking for examples of how it affects both the person with the illness and those around them. This poem by Neil Hilborn is the perfect example of this. Without giving too much away, his OCD brings happiness and heartbreak. He is helpless in his …