Facing Skepticism From Others That My Illness Isn’t ‘Real’

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By Rebecca Handler in The Mighty.

 

Those of us with chronic illness are often forced to wage two wars at once. Not only must we cope with the immeasurable impact of our illness, but many of us also face the burden of skepticism from peers, the medical community, friends, and even family. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent an unfortunate number of hours banging your head against a wall metaphorically (most of the time) trying to convince others that the nightmare you are going through is very, very, real.

My illness is invisible. It is called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), which is a chronic neuro-immune disease that causes a wide host of unpleasant symptoms, with extreme exhaustion that does not improve with rest being the main hallmark.

 

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