Invisible disabilities: The comorbids

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

Chronic illness: Shh no one needs to know you’re chronically ill

So I encountered someone random on social media with an illness that said we should not discuss ableism because people do not get our illnesses and... it doesn't matter. I don't know his life but maybe he has not experienced pervasive stigma like some of us have such that we know the need to spread … Continue reading Chronic illness: Shh no one needs to know you’re chronically ill

Do you tell people about your invisible illness?

  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?

Chronic illness: How we are socially noticeable

People do notice things about those of us with chronic illness but they may not know it is because of chronic illness. Maybe they think we are socially awkward, nervous, or extremely absent-minded. Or they may know we have a chronic illness and not attribute these traits to it. But most of all these things … Continue reading Chronic illness: How we are socially noticeable