Chronic Pain patients tend to minimize their pain. pain *i don't really care about seeming normal. i just don't want my family to know how bad it is, because there is nothing they can do. no reason to make them feel bad too.
Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness. Those are actually the days I am fighting the hardest. This is for anyone in my family who is struggling through a chronic illness, dealing with a heartache or disappointment, or grieving.