Suffering is a part of the human condition, and no one is immune to its effects. And all of our burdens come in different shapes and forms, and all most of us hope for is compassion from others. Strangers, though, are more likely to act with kindness and patience toward those with an outwardly obvious affliction (like one that requires a wheelchair or walker).
But what about those who suffer in silence?
One woman recently experienced the pitfalls of bearing a cross that no one else can see. The subject of a random person's ridicule, Lexi Baskin is a prime example of what happens when we assume we know what someone's going through before bothering to ask or offer a helping hand.