My Pain Face

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This is my face of chronic pain. This is me wearing makeup. I am smiling. I have bathed. I have a bow in my hair. I am wearing clothing. You won’t see me curled up in a ball or wincing because I don’t want you to see me like that. I don’t want to live in pain, but I do. I am a human being, and pain takes away my humanity. I do everything I can to maintain that humanity by putting on my human mask when I’m around friends and family. I don’t look sick, but I’m in agony. I choose to hide that pain. I feel happiness. I laugh. It does not mean I’m better. #mypainface

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