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Any type of illness can be devastating Some are far worse than others, isolating once active souls into a mere shadow of who they once were

No Longer Who I Used To Be

Can you see
The illness that haunts me?
Others don't understand.
To them my disease is just a name.
But I will never be the same.

I never thought
It would happen to me.
Disease is not choosy -
My body chosen, just happened to be.

My body's changing.
I can't be the person you're used to seeing.
Emotions run high.
My pain is real.
It haunts the very existence of my being.

Please don't judge me
If I seem angry.
For I don't understand
How my pain and suffering
Can be a part of God's master plan.
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4 Visitor Comments

This poem really touched me deeply--Ihave ms which is quite advanced. I'm now in a wheelchair and can't do all the things I once did. This hurts me a lot and I have a hard time expressing this to others. I will be sending this poem to a lot of people! Thank you for saying what I was unable to say.
I know exactly how you feel. I got a disease 6 years ago. My life was stolen from me. It controls every minute of my life. I felt comfort knowing that I am not the only one who feels the pain of this.
Very moving and understanding poem. This author has definitely caught the very essence of living daily with an illness and how it changes you on the inside. I know, I have cancer.
I have dealt with patients that were sick and dieing, Pauline Hamblin poems hit the spot.

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