Instantly Help your Friends and Family Understand your Invisible Illness.
Is your invisible illness being seen?
My family are amazing at being understanding of my conditions and situation but I often find that friends just don’t get it. It’s understandable, they only see me when I am feeling great (comparatively).
That is, when I am free from infection and viruses, my dry eye symptoms are minimal, my joints are not in a flare-up, my skin is hive-free, my endometriosis or period pain isn’t severe, my anxiety levels are low and my fatigue has abated for a day. No wonder I am a bit of a recluse!
Things to learn and know about invisible illnesses:
People with some kinds of invisible disabilities, such as chronic pain or some kind of sleep disorder, are often accused of faking or imagining their disabilities. These symptoms can occur due to chronic illness, chronic pain, injury, birth disorders, etc. and are not always obvious to the onlooker.
Invisible disabilities are chronic illnesses and conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living. In the United States, 96% of people with chronic medical conditions show no outward signs of their illness, and 10% experience symptoms that are considered disabling.*
I wrote this for all of you with invisible illnesses to share with your friends:
So please, if you know someone with an illness or disability that you don’t fully understand. Ask them about it. Find out how it affects them and how you can help. Invite them out and visit or call them, it might be the only contact they have had all day.
If you are the one with the invisible illness, share this post with your friends and family so they can support and connect with you better.
Understanding is deeper than knowledge.
There are many who know you but few that understand you.
* “Invisible Disabilities Information: What are Invisible Disabilities?”. Disabled World.
Please share in the comments below the ways in which your invisible illness affects your connection, confidence and sense of community.
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