The following is a reply to a post on another ME/CFIDS message board (http://www.foggyfriends.org). What do you guys think? Many years ago, when I was young and cared deeply about humanity, but wasn't terribly sympathetic to anyone, I would see a person with a cane just sashay down the street with no problem. I would condemn that person for carrying a cane when there was "obviously nothing wrong with them." I guess this is my payback! I encourage everyone to just make an experiment of it. Try going about your business using a cane for a week. You will notice people looking at you differently, treating you differently, and the way you look at yourself will change dramatically. When I flew to Mexico several years back, I didn't board the plane right away, when they announce "special needs" people may board first. Why? Because "I'm not disabled, just not my usual agile self." There is a paradox for many of us in that we want the medical profession to recognise us and the disease we have, but we refuse to acknowledge that we are different, or that anything's wrong with us. Maybe we could use this as a sign of unity and solidarity! What if every person with fibro/ME/Gulf War Illness used a cane for a week (need it or not)? What would people think as they notice, "There's a whole lot of people using canes popping out of the woodwork!" We would be a lot less "invisible," and it would change the way some of us think about themselves. What do you think?