Fibromyalgia Poems

Being Honest about Chronic Illness

It’s hard to be honest about chronic illness

You try to ignore your symptoms

Unable to accept the truth

That you are stuck with this for the rest of your life

If you are honest about your illness

You think you will feel worse for it

And worry more for the future

Realising how much it really affects your life

It’s also difficult to be honest with others

To show them the realities

About how much you really suffer

But it’s easier just to hide behind a smile

How come it is easier to hide it than be honest?

You don’t want to explain everything

They might think you’re just moaning

They might judge you or suggest miracle cures

But the only way they will understand

All the times you’ve bailed on friends

When you’ve called in sick to work

Is if you explain to then the realities of this illness

Feeling able to openly tall about your illness

Is a step in the right direction

But it is definitely not easy

You have to be honest with yourself to be honest to others

And for me that is the hardest part

To accept I will have this for the rest of my life

I’m only young and can’t accept this is it

I can’t yet accept that I may be like this or worse in the future

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