I was sick for so many years at work my co-workers never saw me healthy. I was heavily medicated just to function in a partial capacity because of chronic migraines. When the medications stopped working, and the side effects became overwhelming, my dear co-workers thought I was faking illness. Understanding chronic pain is almost impossible for those without the experience. Many times the chronic pain does more than just hurt causing cognitive impairment and changes in brain function. Some people fake illness for personal gain but I gained nothing but more pain and a new struggle – complete financial devastation. Take your negative emotions and resentment about me missing work out of the equation, and you will see I had no reason to fake my illness and pain. When I was at my most desperate, you abandoned me. Someday you may experience an invisible illness, and I hope those in your life support you. I don’t wish for anyone to suffer the same kind of betrayal I did from all of you.