20 Ways I ‘Fake’ My Chronic Illness Symptoms

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By Sarah Wells in her blog ‘mystripeylife’.

 

I fake my Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) symptoms all the time.

Every day.

For as long as I can remember.

It is second nature; it’s why I am so good at it.

Now I don’t mean I’m faking the actual symptoms of my condition, making them up or exaggerating them. They are very real to me, and they are ever-present in my life. Quite the opposite, in fact — because of the invisibility of EDS, I have become a master at faking being “normal.”

Here are the top 20 ways I have learned to conceal my illness on a daily basis and to blend with the masses — to appear to be “normal.”

  1. Smiling

I make a huge effort to have a happy life and try not to let things get me down. Just because I am happy while being ill doesn’t mean my conditions have disappeared. It simply means I have chosen to be happy in spite of my illness, which is no mean feat. I have mastered the “Fine, thanks” response when someone asks me how I am — I don’t believe anyone honestly wants to hear the truth! It’s important to be happy. It’s good for your health.

  1. Makeup

I put my face on every single day. It is my mask for the real world and I like wearing it. Only those who know me well can tell how I am feeling behind the smile and the makeup, by looking into my eyes. Even if it’s just a bit of mascara and a sweep of blush, it makes me feel better about the day ahead, more human.

  1. Ditching the Kettle

I have boiling water plumbed in because I can’t lift a kettle without a dislocation.

To read the rest of Sarah’s story, click on the link below:

Link to Sarah’s Blog

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