"I have an invisible illness. I look fine but I’m in pain."

Leanne and her service dog Moo

"I have really weak and fragile joints, and she’ll help me carry things and pick things up. She can open doors for me. She can sense when I’m not feeling well. On the second day I had her, I passed out. Yeah, that happens a lot. But I was holding on to her leash and she walked on my legs and helped me wake up."

"I  have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). I have an invisible illness. I look fine but I'm in pain. Especially in Palo Alto where it's such a competitive environment, other kids at school don't always understand why it's harder for me. As my dad says, I have to work three times as hard just to stay behind."

"Now I go to the Hospital School. I don't feel as isolated. I feel like I fit in more. I can work at my own pace, and of course all the teachers understand my health issues. Everyone has something different going on, so I'm not the off one out."


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