Chronic migraine awareness: stigma I encountered

Thinking about chronic migraine disease and stigma over the decades I have had them is not really fun for me to do. Migraine disease has had a massive impact on my life and so as a result the stigma I have faced while trying to cope with it has made that extremely difficult. We don't … Continue reading Chronic migraine awareness: stigma I encountered

Invisible disability and self-imposed stigma we learn from others

I read a post called The Bizarre Prevalence of Invisible Illness Imposter Syndrome and the author uses different terms and language to describe what I have felt as well. Essentially it is this pattern: With an invisible disability we mask our symptoms for a variety of reasons. To cope and manage working. So we will … Continue reading Invisible disability and self-imposed stigma we learn from others

What are the factors to medical stigma for women with fibromyalgia?

When it comes to fibromyalgia and stigma in the medical community I have felt this influence several times in my life. And likely experienced in ways I Wasn't aware of consciously as well. Before I was diagnosed and having issues coping with pain I went to a doctor who then insisted I was 'just depressed'. … Continue reading What are the factors to medical stigma for women with fibromyalgia?

Meghan Markle and depression; why admitting depression is so difficult

During a raw, deeply emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle revealed the onslaught of harassment she received as a member of the royal family led her to a mental “breaking point.” She sought help for suicidal ideation but told Winfrey, "Nothing was ever done."Elle I admit that I do not follow the Royal family. … Continue reading Meghan Markle and depression; why admitting depression is so difficult

Invisible Disability: My illness is invisible. I am not.

I have invisible illnesses and I am disabled by some of them. Yes, you can't see them. Yes, they are invisible. But I am not. I matter. My life matters. My existence matters. You can't treat me as Lesser Than just because I am disabled, if you find out I am. You can't judge how … Continue reading Invisible Disability: My illness is invisible. I am not.