I fake my EDS symptoms all the time.
For as long as I can remember.
It is second nature, it’s why I am so good at it.
Now I don’t mean I’m faking the symptoms of my condition, making them up, exaggerating them, they are very real to me and they are ever present in my life. Quite the opposite in fact, because of the invisibility of EDS I have become a master at faking being ‘normal’.
Here are the top twenty ways that I have learnt conceal my illness on daily basis and to blend with the masses – to appear to be normal.
One. Smiling… I make a huge effort to have a happy life and try not to let things get me down. Just because I am happy whilst being ill doesn’t mean that my conditions have disappeared, it simply means I have chosen to be happy in spite of my illness’, which is no mean feat. I have mastered the ‘fine thanks’ response when someone asks me how I am, no one honestly wants to hear the truth! It’s important to be happy, it’s good for your health.