My Invisible Illness Just Became Visible And Here’s Why



By Lisa Alloto in Realistic Optimism.


I have an invisible illness, meaning you cannot see it, but it’s oh, so present for me every minute of my life. I’m constantly exhausted, in pain, have a variety of cognitive deficits, vision loss, light, sound, and temperature sensitivities, a weakened immune system, and many, many more symptoms. Too many to name. Ironically though, I “look” perfectly healthy despite having a debilitating illness. What I have though is myalgic encephalomyelitis (commonly referred to as ME/CFS or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), one of the many invisible illnesses.

Unfortunately, the invisibleness of my illness and many others can cause people to quite often question the validity of our illness or symptoms. Whether it’s family, friends or employers, having an invisible illness comes with a whole set of problems beyond the illness itself. As if the illness wasn’t enough to handle! This invisibleness often adds a whole new layer of hurt, pain, and problems for those of us with such conditions.


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