Chronic Illness is more common than you think, especially among women. For years women have been misdiagnosed and belittled for things that were out of their control. But, thanks to the digital age, we are finally able to take the drivers seat for our own health! I hope you enjoy this poem that discusses some of the challenges that people with Chronic illness fight every day.
Can you hear it?
Can you hear women everywhere, screaming to be heard?
The “hypocondriacs”, the misdiagnosed, the belittled
The millions of women that were told it was all in their head
That they needed to see a psychologist, not a doctor
Can you hear their cry for help- silenced behind walls they cannot leave
and the undeniable, indisputable fact
that women are just a little bit crazy.
But the curtains are lifting- and our voices will be heard
Though we can hardly leave our rooms
we are united
We are bound together through the windows of the digital age
Facebook, Instagram, Chatrooms. You can find us here.
And though we were told by the powerful
not to look for answers online
Together, we will uncover the mystery of ourselves
We will have to fight for the help we need
And we will still be mocked, belittled, and dismissed
But together we are strong
And we will claw our way out of the pit that was dug for us
And with every voice that rises up
We will be one step closer to becoming one
And accepting others of all abilities
Just the way that they are
And our voices WILL be heard.