‘But You Don’t Look Sick’: Living With An Invisible Disability


Invisible Illness



When Rebecca Young parks her car in a disabled parking spot she often feels the searing stares.

Is she driving her grandparents’ car? Why does she have a disability sticker when she is aged in her 30s and appears to walk perfectly well?

Ms Young has rheumatoid arthritis, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including the joints. She also suffers from fibromyalgia that causes chronic pain.

“It got to a point where you couldn’t tell from the outside that anything was wrong with me,” she said.

But she was actually in a lot of pain.


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