What I hope to accomplish with this site is awareness of invisible illnesses and the way they affect the ones that have them.
Interstitial cystitis (IC), fibromyalgia (fibro), diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, pelvic floor dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, generalized anxiety disorder, TMJ, PTSD, migraines, chronic pain syndrome, chronic fatigue, Epstein Barr virus, hypothyroidism, chemical sensitivities…these are the ones I suffer. There are many more out there, such as impaired hearing, Cushing’s syndrome, Lupus, asthma, literally thousands of illnesses, disorders, diseases, dysfunctions, birth defects, impairments and injuries that can be debilitating.
Unfortunately people judge you by the way you look, if you are too thin they say you need to eat, if you are over weight, they think you are just not trying to lose weight. If you park in a handicap parking spot and don’t have a walker or a cane, they think you are abusing the system, but they don’t see you when you exit the establishment after shopping and are so weak and tired you are struggling to reach the car, if you can even remember where the car is parked. It is a lose-lose situation for the person with the invisible illness because everyone is quick to judge these days and not take into consideration the circumstances that put that person in need of the handicapped parking spot.