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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