I'll try to make it quick.
But this is for all those out there who suffer. Those who put on a smile and proceed with their day. For those of you who take medication multiple times a day and yet still suffer with day to day symptoms. For those of you who have created a new 'normal', lessening your expectation for a 'perfect' day of health.
I will never assume or make judgment on someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease or any other illness that makes you appear to be perfectly healthy. I will not claim to know how you feel nor claim to know what you are capable of. I will resist ignorance and strive to educate myself if I desire to understand even the tiniest of what you may go through.
I say this in response to my adventures with an autoimmune disease. I don't say these things to be rude, but rather to bring awareness to the ignorance of a lot of minds. Ignorance from people whose medical record peaks with the case of the flu. I say this with the desire for those to think twice before stating and to educate themselves if they feel so inclined to hold a real conversation about my health with me. Or simply ask me, because I would much rather share fact and truth than have you assume to know.
My health does effect my every day and I do think about it multiple times a day. It defines me medically, but not in my entirety. It has given me a chance to learn and discover, it has placed me in categories of great company; people who amaze me day in and day out. I have been blessed with an autoimmune disease that allows me to see people as a whole, not allowing me to assume I know just by sight. More people than you even know, people who you encounter everyday, put a smile on their face and proceed with life. They proceed with their days not expecting you to know or care, but hopeful that you leave your snide remarks for a different topic.
And now you know. :)