To the Person who Called Me Lazy

To the person who called me lazy

You didn’t see my struggle

You didn’t notice the pain in my eyes

Or why I couldn’t use the stairs today

I try my very best to act normal

As though I’m not in pain

As though I’m not too tired to function

Like I’m a normal healthy person

Calling me lazy really gets me down

I feel bad at the best of times

So hearing this makes me sad

Sad for the life I might have had

If I wasn’t chronically ill

I would walk those stairs all day long

I would exercise more

I would achieve as much as I could

But I am limited by my illness

Calling me lazy will only make it worse

It will make me push myself more

And try to seem okay

I don’t like people to know

My daily struggle to seem healthy

But never call a person lazy

Just because they are taking the lift

You never know the struggle they are facing

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