You don’t look sick

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https://theshadowsanctuary.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/illness-isnt-a-performance/

I was mentally staggered by how much I related to the scenarios described in this post.

“The need to perform illness always stems from ableism, whether internal or external. Part of any privilege is the tendency of people with more power to define people with less. Thus, you get white people defining what it means to be Black, thin people defining what it means to be fat, and able people defining what it means to be sick and/or disabled. These definitions are invariably rooted in stereotypes, because they’re created by people who are outside the communities they presume to address.”

Please read the entire post. The author perfectly describes how it is to live as the person demonized as “lazy” or “living off hard-working people” when really you’re sick as hell and you’re no longer sure that waking up in the morning is a good thing or a bad thing.

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