For Day Two of Invisible Illness Awareness Week, I will be reblogging my friend Joe. I have addressed how wonderful it is to have people who have stuck by me as I have worked to gain a sense of normalcy after becoming disabled with MCS almost two years ago. Indeed, Joe was my friend when I had mild MCS. It is easy to be someone’s friend when the friendship involves going out to dinner or traveling or getting together at a party. But I have found that friendship is when all the good stuff goes away and people are still standing there willing to turn their lives upside down to keep you in their lives.
The “invisible” part of IIAW generally refers to the symptoms of an II being invisible to the average person. However, to me, the more painful part of the word “invisible” is what happens when someone hasn’t heard of MCS or doesn’t understand how everyday products can make one sick or that the government would legally allow this to happen or that something that smells good can disable a person. No the most painful part of “invisible” to me is when the phone stopped ringing and the emails didn’t show up and people decided it was too much work to switch from scented products to non-scented products to remain in my life.
The greatest gift a friend can give is TO BE THERE. So here is the link to Joe’s Journey having a friend with MCS.
Thank you to Joe and every friend and caregiver — who has dug deep to stick by someone with an Invisible Illness — you have proven that real love is indestructible.