Still Me…

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Still Me……….Though my life has changed….& though I have health issues…I still have a life & I am still me…I am not my illness…I do not want to be seen as my illness…I do not need to talk of my illness all the time…I do not need to gain attention from my illness…I have no need to stand out because of my illness…I do not need my illness to be my identity…I do not require your sympathy or platitudes…Empathy is appreciated..I ask that you treat me as a person…Recognition of me is all that I require…

I have not lost my ability to think…I will tell you what I need when I need it…I am my own person…See me not my illness…Talk to me not of my illness or to my illness…I do not need you to fuss or flap…I am managing my health…I do not require anyone else to do this…I already have knowledge of how I am…I will continue to do this…Knowledge is power…Power of knowledge is freedom…I will continue to grow in my knowledge…

I am not my illness….I am me…See me…Talk to me…Listen to me…Do not suffocate me…Do not tell me how I am feeling…Do not make decisions for me…My health already takes away choices..Allow me to choose…Allow me to make my own way…Caring & claustrophobia walk a fine line….Allow me to breath…Allow me to be me…NL x

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