I have lived my entire life with chronic pain but at a certain point, I stopped talking about it. Until recently, most friends could tell you my top three Kelly Clarkson songs, but not that I have arthritis in my elbows and ankle from years of internal bleeding. I have built a version of myself that hides my illness, even from those I love most.
Today is World Haemophilia Day; I am a person with severe haemophilia and I have decided to break my own silence. I want to show other people with hidden pain, disability or illness that there is power in vulnerability and you are enough just as you are.