Living with an Invisible Disease

Living with an Invisible Disease
In elementary school, we are taught that it's not right to judge a book by its cover. Just because the cover art on the book wasn’t appealing doesn’t mean the book itself wasn’t a bestseller. The same goes for when you meet someone new. It's better to get to know someone personally before forming an opinion rather than judging someone solely based off their looks.

What is an invisible illness?

The term “invisible chronic illnesses and disabilities” refers to chronic diseases and disabilities that don’t necessarily affect your appearance, but they do significantly affect your body’s ability to do normal daily activities. There is no shortage of invisible illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, chronic pain syndrome, arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies and Crohn’s disease, just to name a few. Because identifying invisible conditions isn't easy, it's not uncommon for people to be accused of faking or imagining symptoms just because what they are feeling isn’t visually apparent. It shouldn’t take symptoms of these conditions such as inflammation, digestive issues, breathing problems, chemical imbalances, or blood sugar levels to be taken seriously. Just because someone looks good on the outside doesn’t mean they are feeling well on the inside. Not being believed is one of the most frustrating aspects of having an invisible disease.

Being judged by appearances

I’ve experienced firsthand how it feels to be accused of faking my disability because I didn’t "appear" to have a
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