This is why I wrote the piece about using humor to cope with battling cancer — it is very powerful.
If I was a superhero this might be a fun thing to be. Instead, I am one of millions of people suffering from an Invisible Chronic Illness. My illness happens to be MCS or multiple chemical sensitivities. When people who haven’t seen me in a while look at me — for a moment they get excited, “YOU LOOK GREAT!”
They think and hope that I will be able to resume a life that used to allow me to teach – go to the movies – walk by neighbors’ houses on laundry day. But I cannot. Other people cannot see my migraine, hives on my scalp, extreme fatigue, body aches and a much larger list of symptoms. Many people do not want to stop using scented products. The toxins in synthetic fragrances caused my disability and so I must become an invisible part of their lives or become sicker from further…
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