DISABLED Well. Doesn't that word seem Heavy and filled with more Meaning than it actually has? Other people put more meaning on it that it actually has. Stigma like we are 'lazy' and 'mooching off the system' and 'just don't want to work' and 'most people on disability are just faking it' (because we make … Continue reading Chronic illness: The Disabled line
When I was younger and I was diagnosed with this thing called fibromyalgia syndrome that no one knew a thing about let alone how to treat I thought well that is that then... I will just deal with this and that will be it. Oh, how silly I was. Illnesses get lonely. They like to … Continue reading Invisible disabilities: The comorbids
You know I have worked for the same company for 14 years and I have in that time declined consistently in physical and mental health. So that means, leaves of absence, presenteeism and absenteeism. I am not a dependable or reliable employee despite my ambition and strong work ethic. And I have had managers that … Continue reading Invisible disability: Good employers and bad employers
Do you tell people about your chronic illness? Why? And why not? For me, it is a matter of having an invisible disability (obviously more visible now with the cane issue). With an invisible disability, there is a lot of revealing and there is a lot of concealing. Because we can decide what level … Continue reading Do you tell people about your invisible illness?
It is odd having an invisible disability. We are expected to perform like others, but we have some major limitations. But really I feel like I am melting into invisibility. That the stagnation of being unable to function is wasting away life. Wasting away quality of life. We have an invisible disability. We are not … Continue reading Don’t melt into invisibility
We mask our pain We lose our pain behaviors We become invisible. We all learn to have a façade to hide the pain for various reason in various situations. Here are some http://bit.ly/2EUOYcD We do it to function in the workplace. To make our families no worry about us. To get through the day better. … Continue reading We wear our pain on the inside