By Jennifer Chambers
Locked inside, I can’t get out of this rebellion called my face
Clawing from the inside to escape this hellish embrace
This mocking normalcy on the outside hiding the hell within
There’s nothing to show the judgers the truth hiding behind my skin
The lightning strikes with no warning of the coming storm
Leaving me in sudden agony far from the appearance of the norm
Funny stares and looks while I fight away the tears
Trying not to expose the truth behind my quaking fears
If there was evidence of each fight, scream, scratch and tear
Is this how my tormented and brutalized face would appear
Covered in rips and scratches, lines drawn upon lines
Indicative of my daily struggle to survive these impervious binds
Jennifer Chambers suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a rare facial pain disorder, as well as fibromyalgia. Before she became sick, Jennifer worked as a psychologist.
When not immobilized by facial pain, Jennifer spends her time with family and writing her blog, The Spirit Scribe. She started her blog as an outlet for her pain and depression. Writing helps her get through depression, by giving her a release and a place to express herself daily.
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