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Regardless What You Think of Raven Walton, This Chronic Illness Shaming Has to End

Raven Walton has been open about having gastroparesis while she competes on“Big Brother.”

Viewers are using #RavenExposedParty to express doubts about the severity of her illness.

Tweet by Kelly Campbell/@KellySusie: “#RavenExposedParty When she says “terminal” do we think she actually means chronic and lifelong, but terminal sounds better and looks worse.”

They say she’s exaggerating  to get attention and donations to her GoFundMe account.

Some have questioned the information she’s given about her condition.

Unless you are Walton or her doctor, it is impossible to know the details of her medical history…

Or the effect her chronic illness has on her life.

Other viewers and people with gastroparesis have expressed their support for Walton on social media.

Tweet by Alex P./@maventimestamps: “For everyone saying “I knew someone who has gp and theirs isn’t like that” Raven said everyone’s different#bb19 #bbraven *pacerpower”

Doubting or shaming people because of their health can prevent others from coming forward and getting the help they need.

Originally published: July 25, 2017
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