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"You're too young to be sick, but you don't look sick." By Taylor Labelle T here is a common feeling of being ignored amongst young people during and after getting diagnosed with a physical illness. Several teenagers like myself have waited years to get properly diagnosed, this is due to several misconceptions about illness and someone's age, gender and mental health. May (18) first noticed her symptoms at 15 before being diagnosed with M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When asked about her experience of getting a diagnosis she said. "There seemed to be a lot of deliberation about whether to send me for certain tests [because] it was implausible for me to have x condition at my age. I believe this delayed my diagnosis." & "There seemed to be a lot of deliberation about whether to send me for certain tests [because] it was implausible for me to have x condition at my age. I believe this delayed my diagnosis." "You're too young to be sick." Illness doesn't discriminate based on age. From asthma, Fibromyalgia to heart disease, there are countless illnesses that can affect youth. Despite this, young people; specifically teenage girls, aren't taken seriously or believed. Michaela Shelly, diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease in 2013 along with several other conditions, can best describe this experience. 12

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