Thank you so much for this article. It validated a lot of what I've been feeling. I struggle getting my own family to understand my illnesses. My own mother definitely has the "you're too young to have pain" and "young=healthy" thoughts. I keep trying to educate her but all she sees is the time spent with me while I am pushing through the pain and fatigue and thinks I just want attention most of the time. It is a very lonely place to be when nobody understands. I have multiple illnesses but she mostly sees them as "not that bad". I hope one day she will be more understanding which would be helpful as she is my main method of transportation (I have Epilepsy and can't drive for the time being). The fact that Fibromyalgia does not have a standard, physical test to diagnose doesn't help me as she accepts diagnoses with definite tests more than ones done by symptoms.