Abbi Strack prepared the following message in response to a posting she received on her Facebook page that criticized her for being featured in the media and for being shown smiling in photos on Facebook. The writer also thought that the kidney Strack received would be better utilized on sick babies, which would have been impossible because infant bodies are not developed enough to receive an adult kidney:
I was only going to respond to part of this negative message I received: “If you were really sick you wouldn't be smiling in every picture and hanging out with your friends.”
A sickness is not defined on how sad you are. A sickness does not tell you not to smile or hang out with your friends. It is obvious to me you don’t understand what a picture is. A picture is one millisecond of a day in my life. You get to see me at the best part of my day. There is no picture to show you when I woke up from surgery just yelling "OW!” And it doesn't let you feel the spasms that took over my stomach.
There isn't a picture to show you when I couldn't see and the dizziness I felt when my kidneys hit their worse. You don’t see when I have to take the meds in the morning and night. Just because you see the moment I am smiling and laughing with my friends does not mean that’s my entire life. Sadness is a sickness all in itself and just because you see me smiling in pictures doesn't mean that I feel sad during some parts of my issues. I've cried and yelled and have been angry, just like everyone else.