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“Just because I look normal and speak normal, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a major disability,” says Ste Walker, a 24-year-old who's suffering from Crohn’s disease. He's in a lot of pain but does not let it show. But then, society is a sad and ruthless creature, as we all do know. Just because he does not look diseased doesn't really mean he's totally fine. Scroll down and read his story that'll prove to you that looks can really not show everything.
Crohn's is a chronic, incurable inflammation of any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It's a painful and difficult disease to manage, and up to 1.6 million Americans have Crohn's disease or the related condition ulcerative colitis.
Walker has had several complications relating to the disease. He has undergone 80 operations to treat it, and hasn't been able to have solid food or drink anything for the past two years.
Just because Walker appears healthy, people often assume the same too. He often gets questioned and sometimes harassed for using handicapped-accessible toilets, parking in designated spots, and using a cane or mobility scooter.
On Oct. 25, Walker uploaded on Facebook two side-by-side photos of himself - one with a shirt and one without - showing devices he uses to survive.
In the post, he details the many complications he faces and describes how the medical devices he uses help manage his condition. He ends the post with a plea to people to understand that outer appearances of healthiness don't always equal health.
Walker has set up a website to help cover his medical expenses. "I'm just some guy from a little town in West Yorkshire battling to keep going," he writes.