In honor of May 12th Awareness Day, I dedicate this to all of the Superheroes.
What does it mean to be a Superhero?
Wikipedia defines a superhero, in part, as the following:
A superhero is a type of heroic character, possessing supernatural or superhuman powers, who is dedicated to fighting the evil of their universe, and usually battling supervillains.
Living with all the pain, the exhaustion and over 200 miserable symptoms 24/7 — 365 days a year, many times we only see our weaknesses. We see what we can’t do and what we’re missing out on. Living with these numerous symptoms could certainly be considered to require superhuman powers.
Not everyone could to this. Let’s be truthful — we know people in our lives who have criticized us, yet can’t bear to have a headache, a cold, etc.
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As Wikipedia defines it, we fight the evil of our universe minute to minute — relentlessly. We battle the supervillains of fibromyalgia , ME/CFS , MCS, Lyme disease , lupus, or other invisible illnesses every moment. These many supervillains are around us all the time, keeping us on our toes in our fight for freedom.
You are true heroes — those of a unique kind — unseen by others in the world — hidden in the shadows, just like any superhero.
Allow this truth to wash over you, fill you, hold you, bind you. Know your battle may be unseen, yet your super powers are still at work within you. Our type of illness is chronic, meaning all the time, every second of every day, and this alone, gives us the right to claim we possess supernatural powers.
When you feel weak, when you feel unseen, uncared for, missing from life — take a moment to look at the super powers you possess and take hold of the superheroes you truly are.
In all of this, we are united in battle, united in spirit, and united in our hearts — to rise another day and fight the good fight — knowing we’re not alone because we’re joined by the many chronic illness superheroes of this world.
Clarissa Shepherd is founder of the uplifting Fellow Travelers: Support and Chat (ME/CFS/FM)  online Facebook support group and author of the book of natural healing: Find Your Way: A Guide to Healing While Living With Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Fibromyalgia . (Europe book link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Find-Your-Way-Clarissa-Shepherd/dp/1439244928/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337393118&sr=1-1 )