You can’t see every disability 

It’s Invisible Illness Week. I feel like I often have to remind people that not every disability or illness is a visible one . The topic usually comes up for me when others are ranting about lazy people who don’t work and mooch off the government. Everyone seems to have a neighbor or acquaintance who doesn’t work because “she claims she is disabled but she looks just fine!” ( said with an eye roll and a judgy snort).

Only 4% of people with a chronic illness have an illness you can actually SEE. Disabilities don’t always require a wheelchair or a cane.

If somebody doesn’t want to discuss the nature of their disability with people they are not close to, they don’t have to. It’s sometimes hard to talk about it with people they do know and trust. They certainly don’t need to answer questions just to appease someone who needs to just mind their own business.

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4 thoughts on “You can’t see every disability 

  1. I struggle with this. I have an illness with out an answer. I have spend 7 years and way to much money only to discover the issue remains even after surgery. I will be fine, then not be able to walk, drive or at times speak. Still, even I blame myself for being sick, weak, causing my family to file bankruptcy. On and on it goes. It is a shame so many find it so easy to judge others based on what we think we know. This triggers me as well. Being sick sucks, judgement sucks just as much.

  2. This frustrates the hell out of me! So many people in my life are struggling with illnesses that cant be seen. Including myself. I have arthritis in my knees and feet and I’m thankful that so far I I can work, but if things continue to get worse (which they likely will) then I don’t know what I will do! I work in a supermarket so I’m on my feet all day, and some days I get home at the end of the day and cry because my feet hurt. Yet every job I can think of that I have the skills for involves being on your feet all day.
    One of the girls I work with had hip surgery at the start of the year and is now facing the same problem. She needs to come back to work but cant stand up for more than a few minutes at a time. Yet she looks completely fine.
    I always joke about chopping my legs of because a prosthetic leg would be more functional, and at least it would have the added bonus of being a visible disability.

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