Would life be easier if what we feel could be visible to everyone else? I don't believe so, but this is why we need awareness.
I find that if I tell people I have "a neurological disorder" or "nerve pain in my head" they look at me differently. Do they think that I am going to keel over any second? Probably.
Trying to hide the pain by putting on make up, doing my hair and plastering a smile on my face is getting too hard to do. I can't even put on a layer of mascara on a bad day! Some women don't wear make up, but I always have and I don't like going anywhere without my war paint on.
So, I have to either go through agonising pain and look half decent, or forget it and look like crap everyday.
This may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but imagine things that you take for granted are taken away from you, without warning, and you have to go through unbearable pain instead. It's not nice.
On October 7th, landmarks around the globe are supporting us by Lighting up Teal for International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. We need awareness, understanding and hopefully a cure.