Monday, November 7, 2016

Invisible Illness Awareness


What is Invisible Illness? Who all is effected? Why isn't anything being done about it?

October 16th began the start of Invisible Illness Week but why should we limit it to only one week? Today I am going to talk about invisible illnesses and why they are so important. Most chronic pain patients illnesses are invisible. Sadly this can cause many problems with diagnosis as well as stigmas.

I have spoken to many people who struggle with receiving a proper diagnosis. Sometimes diseases are so close to each other it is hard to differentiate,but sometimes doctors do not believe patients are actually sick. A common stigma for people with invisible illnesses is that they are just lazy. There resting in bed "is not due to their pain, it's due to their lack of work ethic."

In my opinion this couldn't be any more false. Countless people have their lives effected on a daily basis because of these illnesses. It is important for everyone to break the chain of stigmatization. I have seen it first hand on how one Illness or one wrong protein in your blood can change your life. Everything becomes a difficult task and they are stuck "using more spoons. "

Some of you may not understand what I mean by more spoons, and that is okay! However I would like to introduce you to: THE SPOON THEORY
https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

Let me know your thoughts on The Spoon Theory!

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden

Garin Harris
Miss Teen International

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