Invisible Illness

The Challenge Of Explaining How I Feel As Someone With CFS/ME

Invisible Illness

    By Emma England in The Mighty.   One of the most frustrating things about living with CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) is that most of the time, I don’t “look” ill, and so people may not understand the fact that there’s anything wrong with me. CFS/ME falls into the category described as “invisible […]

The Psychology Of Hidden Disability

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    By Katherine Bouton in Psychology Today.   My hidden disability is hearing loss, but the psychological, emotional, and professional ramifications I experience are true for anyone with a hidden disability. Most hidden disabilities are considered in some way shameful or devaluing. Hearing loss is seen as a sign of aging and is often […]

Learning To Be ‘OK’ With Where My Health Is Right Now

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    By Savanna Sheilds in The Mighty.   Growing up, I had the world at my feet. I made good grades, competed in a variety of extracurricular activities, and made good choices in order to get into college and someday have the idyllic American life. I was planning on graduating college, getting hired immediately […]

What Does ‘Fighting’ Really Mean When You Are Severely Disabled?


  By Rachel Higginson in The Mighty.   Grab the cuppa of your choice, and make yourself comfy, this is a long one. But it may also be the most important and passionate thing I’ve written. I love Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do Not Go Gentle.”  I know, I know, it’s about death, but actually I […]

What I Really Mean When I Say ‘I’m Fine’ As Someone With Chronic Illness


    By Lana Barhum in The Mighty.   Living with chronic illness and pain is something that isn’t easily understood by people who are not going through the same thing. Moreover, the effects of illness are an emotional and personal daily battle. Many people have this notion that if you look fine, you are feeling […]

10-Year-Old Designs Bathroom Sign For People With Invisible Conditions

Iain Gray MSP and 10 year old Grace Warnock, a school pupil from Prestonpans in East Lothian, unveil a new disabled toilet signs, designed by Grace, which is now in place at the Scottish Parliament’s accessible toilets. Grace has Crohn's Disease and, like many other people, uses accessible toilets as they provide the space and facilities to manage the requirements of her condition. Grace came up with the idea of this sign to show that people might not have a visible disability, but may still require to use an accessible toilet. 12 march 2016.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Story from The Mighty.   Grace Warnock is only 10, but she’s perceptive. She easily picked up on judgmental looks from strangers when she would use public bathrooms for people with disabilities. Grace has Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease you can’t see from the outside. The condition can be painful and requires her to make […]

Shadow Minister Set For Disability Equality Road Trip


Story by John Pring in Disability News Service.   A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system. Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Gains Funding, And Controversy


An article by Miriam E Tucker People who suffer from the condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome are accustomed to being dismissed by health care professionals and to only occasional mentions of their condition in the media. These past few weeks have been a notable exception, but with quite different conversations going on in the […]

Man With Crohn’s Disease Writes Powerful Facebook Post To People Challenge Him For Using Disabled Facilities


A man has published an incredibly brave and personal post explaining why people should think before they judge him for using disabled facilities. Ste Walker, 24, suffers from Crohn’s disease and, as a result, sometimes has to use disabled toilets or parking spaces. But because his illness is easily hidden and he looks “normal” on […]

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