Living With Invisible Illnesses

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, asthmaliterally 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.

 

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118 comments

  1. thinkinkadia

    I feel your pain. Do what you must. What people say is human nature, as in people speak / judge about what they see.
    Some of us ‘need’ that ability to live, to survive. The way I rationalized my situation was I was helping my ‘thems’ with things to chatter about.

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  2. The Showers of Blessing

    We all have invisible illness. Well, I had cancer and am still dealing with side effect after 7 1/2 years, so mine is visible. I have other invisible illness also. My family members have different kinds as well. I appreciate your post to bring this to the attention. Hi I’m Miriam, found you from Danny’s blog, would like to get connected. Here’s my follow and I leave you a link to my blog. Please come visit:
    https://theshowersofblessing.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/the-road-taken/
    https://theshowersofblessing.wordpress.com/about-me/

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