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Why I Have to Keep My Chronic Illness a Secret to Keep My Career

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Before my identity was intrinsically intertwined with my (sometimes visible) invisible illness, I identified first and foremost as a performer and singer.

I started at a very young age and it became my dream to perform as my career. Long story short, my dream is in the process of coming true after working hard for many years through university and postgraduate study.

I have had health problems since I was 3 or 4 and it only slightly impacted my performing career as I was growing up. My health got significantly worse in my early to mid-20s and I was subsequently diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (with possible mast cell activation syndrome).

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