One Side Effect Of Being Young, Female And Sick: People Won’t Believe You



By Emma Court in Market Watch.


After Michele Lent Hirsch had major hip surgery in her early 20s, even as she hobbled around on crutches, people didn’t always believe that she’d had surgery.

“Oh, my grandmother had that,” she’d hear. Or, “Weird, hip surgery.”

An older woman yelled at her for taking a seat on a mostly empty bus, and one bus driver refused to lower the steps so she could get on.

Other health problems beset Lent Hirsch throughout much of her 20s, from a severe allergic reaction that nearly killed her to thyroid cancer — which her then-boss told her to leave “at the door” — and later, Lyme disease.

Over and over again, she saw how unsympathetic society was toward young women with health problems.

Lent Hirsch began to wonder whether other young women were struggling with similarly serious health conditions. The answer turned out to be an overwhelming yes.

Statistics show that young women are disproportionately affected by certain diseases and health conditions, she says — and that’s hard enough.


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