A British man battling with Crohn's disease has appealed to the public to treat everybody similarly and not judge people by appearance.
Crohn's disease affects about 1.6 million people in the United States and there is no cure for this disease. The inflammation in the digestive tract brings with it many painful problems that cause numerous complications.
‘Treat everybody the same! Being disabled does not mean less respect as many people in the world suffer with invisible illnesses.’
Ste walker describes himself as invisibly disabled as he's gone through more than 80 operations in the past two years. Despite all that he goes through, Walker still faces criticism from people who doubt his illness.
"People are too quick to judge these days, just because I look normal and speak normal, that doesn't mean I don't have a major disability. I have a Hickman line, which is a line that comes out on my chest and rests in my heart. This is what is used to feed me on something called TPN as my stomach doesn't work correctly. I have a Ryles tube down my nose and into my stomach to help drain it, because my stomach doesn't empty like a normal person's does," he posted on his Facebook wall.
He has undergone many major surgeries on his chest and he explains about dealing the disease mentally and physically everyday.
"There is also a mental battle raging inside me all the time, not been able to eat a meal in two years, or only being at home for four weeks in the last 18 months, being away from my family and friends; seeing what my illness does to them has a massive effect on my mental state of mind," he added.
"Stop and think before you speak, think about the struggle I've gone threw (sic) just to get out of bed and get dressed and tried to look 'normal," he wrote.
He inspires many to not judge people by looking at appearances alone. For many their struggles remain interior but they smile and be happy outside.