The Mask We Wear – Poem About Pretending With Chronic Pain
The Mask We Wear
We sit and think and feel and wonder
Why they don’t understand the pain that pulls us under
We go through our lives hoping and wishing for that one good day,
But we pretend to our friends and family that we are okay.
We feel the constant pain that we try to ignore
We don’t want to burden our loved ones
We want to give them so much more.
We are so tired and exhausted each and everyday,
But at night our hurt and worry keeps sleep at bay
We keep our pain inside because we care
To those who we love; This is The Mask We Wear
Written By: Teresa Mathews
About the Author:
My name is Teresa Mathews, I’m 47 and have had arthritis since I was a teen and I had an L1 to L5 Lumbar Spinal Fusion and Laminectomy in August 2014. After working for over 20 years at the same job at a paper mill, I was forced into disability retirement because I can no longer walk without aid and deal with chronic pain daily. Due to the stigma this country has with people telling their docs they are in pain, I deal with this daily without pain medication. I have 6 sons and needless to say, it is very hard to not be physically able to do the things I want to do with them. I also suffer from PTSD, severe anxiety, ADHD and Agoraphobia. It is a struggle each and every day to get up and move and even bigger struggle to sleep at night.
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