We Are Not by Carin E. Willis
even on the days when it hurts to sit or walk or simply 'be',
when we try to speak of our pain our voices may shake or waiver and
and definitely more sad.
We are moms and dads and teachers and business professionals
and people who fight for justice, put out fires and save lives
all while living with daily almost unspeakable pelvic pain.
We are not faking our pain,
or seeking attention
or seeking drugs in order to abuse them.
We are not seeking anything from the world other than
understanding and, perhaps, a hug.
We are not wanting to be humilated
because our pain is located in our pelvic region
and when we say sexual pain or genital pain
we want you to look us in our eyes and SYMPATHIZE.
We are living breathing, sexual human beings with all of the same rights,
and experiences of people experiencing other chronic pain conditions
wanting to be understood and believed.
We are not here to live in the background
filled with shame
enduring the pain
We are here to give voice to the stabbing, raw, fiery and unrelenting pain
of pelvic pain conditions.
We will make our voices speak louder than the silences,
and the fear.
We are not going to retreat about our pelvic pain conditions.
We are not.