Invisible illnesses, both physical and mental, are very much real.
But sadly the sufferers of these illnesses are made to feel the exact opposite. In fact, some people living with invisible illnesses are made to feel as though they are liars. As though they are faking it.
Why? Because the illness cannot be seen. You have to take the word of a sufferer that they are not feeling well. It’s not a cast on a leg, or chicken pox.
And, because of these people who don’t take their word – and instead throw around words such as ‘lazy’, or phrases like ‘it can’t be that bad’ – sufferers end up feeling just like their illness: invisible.
Here are 9 things people who live with an invisible illness want you to know.
1. It’s real
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Invisible illnesses, both physical and mental, are very much prominent in a sufferer’s life.
It can even get to the point where the illness controls that person’s life. When it’s such a major thing to that person, it’s not helpful when people dismiss it as fabrication.