“But nothing prepared me for the outsider status of being chronically ill.” Words of insight and wisdom from someone who knows, and is far more eloquent than I. Reading this made me cry.  I want to shout,”YES!” after every line. I have nothing to add, and I pass it along for your consideration.


Author: Stephen

Stephen Harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in Maine.

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  1. Yes, it made me very emotional also. I have had a similar experience of being diagnosed with one thing and then told I didn’t have it but had something else, then been shuffled back to the original. Luckily, no matter what they think I have, I get comprehensive free medical care from the amazing Australian universal health care system.

    I hope you have never had to face the disbelief of anyone, Stephen. It is extremely depressing and disheartening when it happens, though you do seem to understand the piece as a whole. 😔

    1. I’m one of the “lucky” ones who got my MS DX very quickly and directly. So many people linger not knowing what is wrong, or how to treat.

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