"I often wished that more people understood the invisible side of things. Even the people who seemed to understand, didn't really."
"People who don't see you every day have a hard time understanding how on some days--good days--you can run three miles, but can barely walk across the parking lot on other days,' [my mom] said quietly."
"Nothing worked. This blazing pain seemed only to be getting worse."
"What if...the doctors couldn't find anything wrong? What if I was over-exaggerating the pain, weakness, and weird sensations?"
"The strong, ferocious wind just made the chill worse, and as it blew around me, electric bursts of pain shot through my body."