Appearances can be oh so very deceiving. As I’ve said before, it’s really both a blessing, and a burden, to appear significantly more healthy than you actually are.
In the absence of disclosing health problems, we tend to assume that those who outwardly appear healthy are, in fact, healthy. Of course, this can work to your advantage, such as when appearing for a job interview, or a first date.
I genuinely don’t want to elicit pity for my health challenges, but it’s very difficult to not receive validation for how much more challenging everyday tasks are, in the context of managing multiple chronic conditions.
Seeing me look relatively well at a social function is only part of the story: what’s missing is how I felt trying to get ready for such an event, as well as how I, almost inevitably, will “pay” later for participating in such activity.
I continue to experience many symptoms of MS, every single day, even when I look just fine on the outside. Just a gentle reminder, that what you see isn’t always what you get.