Right, then. Let's not be invisible.
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Hi. I'm 'song. (Hi, 'song!) I have lots of little things* wrong with me, and a few big things - namely, epilepsy and fibromyalgia. My temporal lobe and nervous system are pretty fucked.
But you wouldn't know it to look at me. I don't use a wheelchair or a cane. I don't limp unless I'm really exhausted. I can't work a day job and I can't drive, but sitting on the train or hanging out at the coffeeshop, I look just like everyone else.
You wouldn't know it to look at me. But this is what an epileptic looks like. This is what someone with fibromyalgia looks like.
I am in pain every single day. I live with the risk of electrical storms in my brain.
But I look just like you.
(Except that here I have a silly hat. You may not.)
* EDIT: The little things, little only in comparison to the Big Things: brachymetatarsia, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, torn disk (L5S1), IBS, prone to gastric & duodenal ulcers, asthma, heart problems (PVCs and supraventricular tachycardia), tendonitis, migraines...