The Burden of Invisible Illness

Just because I don’t “look” disabled doesn’t mean I’m not

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he doctor I’d emailed earlier that day agreed to a 20-minute phone call with me. He was known for performing a rare procedure I hoped might potentially restore some of the nerve function to my right leg, which had been compromised ever since I suffered severe herniation and cyst formation in several discs in my…