About 50 million of us in the United States have a secret, hidden handicap: chronic pain.
Yet we, myself included, dissemble well. When we put down our crutches, walkers, and the outside accouterments of disability, people might never guess what we are contending with. We hide the pain behind the mask of a smile and suppress it artfully in our interactions. But the cost is high: The toll of dealing with pain and its concomitant afflictions — day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out — is often unbearable.
Pain saps our energy…
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