It is a cruel irony to wake up feeling like you've danced all night when you aren't well enough to attend your own party.
Emma, 25 and living with multiple illnesses, says the same of her medical experience. After finding a medication that combated both pain and insomnia, she was told that she was "too young to be on it regularly" by her doctor, who rejected a repeat prescription request. Ageism is a common feature of our experiences with medical professionals, many of whom still believe that illnesses are in our heads or that our pain can be worked away with exercise and a positive outlook.
There are too many of us that are in debilitating pain every night, knowing it will return again the next day – sometimes with no break.