Invisible Illnesses

Living My Life In The Grey Area Of Disability

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    By Victoria Venable in The Mighty.   When people talk about the “isms” in society, racism and sexism are usually the first that come to mind. Later in the list comes ageism. Often forgotten and misunderstood, is ableism. Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities. In the last nine months of my […]

Why It’s Frustrating To Be Told, ‘You Don’t Look Sick!’ When You Have An Invisible Illness

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By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   When you live with an invisible chronic illness there’s a phrase you hear a lot: “You don’t look sick!” It’s so common that many of us don’t even bat an eyelid when these words are uttered. But whether it’s from a well-meaning friend, a doctor or a complete stranger, it’s […]

The Burdens Posed By Invisible Physical And Mental Illnesses

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    By Toni Bernhard J.D. in .   I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression. The similarity is that both of our conditions are invisible to others. Despite the different source of our illnesses, our […]

The Struggle You Don’t Realize When You See Me Out And About

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    By Lindsay Karp in The Mighty.   There is a lot you don’t realize when you see me out and about. You may think I’m fine when you see me at the playground pushing my son on the swing. You may think this is an ordinary day for me when you see me […]

To Those Who Give Me Dirty Looks For Using A Disability Parking Space

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  By Brittney Lindstrom in The Mighty.   I don’t know why, but whenever some people see me get out of the car in a disability parking spot, I get some dirty looks. But why? Do you not believe I have a condition that warrants the use of a disability sticker? What is your issue with it? Do you […]

To The Doctors Of Patients With Invisible Illnesses Hoping For A Diagnosis

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  By Ashley Creveling in The Mighty.     This letter is on behalf of the thousands of patients who have come to you in the hope that you can give them a small piece of normalcy again.  We came to you in tears, in pain and in disappointment. Our bodies have let us down. They’ve taken […]

When Strangers Judge Me For Sitting Down In A Random Place

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  By Brittany Rogers in The Mighty.        I have a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Like many chronic illnesses, this causes widespread pain. It also brings along its co-morbid friends, like postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS is a disturbance in your autonomic system, causing symptoms such as: dizziness, fatigue, lightheadedness, fast heart rate, low […]

5 Myths People With Invisible Disabilities Desperately Want Busted

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By Chanel White in The Mighty. As a young woman battling serious illness with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high rate of unnecessary and hurtful comments by those who assume I am not sick. This encounter seems to be a reoccurring experience for many patients battling hidden or invisible disabilities. […]

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