Invisible Illness Awareness Week
Yesterday marked the start of Invisible Illness Awareness Week. As I am suffering from several of those, in true spoonie fashion it has taken me two days to finish what used to take me five minutes.
Many invisible illnesses are misunderstood, and therefore sometimes the only knowledge that the general public may have of them is complete myth and falsehood, or the Dr. Oz show, which is pretty much the same thing. It is up to patients, caretakers, and friends to start to reverse some of the stigma caused by misinformation, and have an honest conversation about what it is really like to live with various chronic illnesses.
This Invisible Illness Awareness Week, let’s bravely and unselfishly share our experiences with chronic invisible illnesses.
As someone suffering from a list of chronic conditions that have chosen to manifest in a severe and sudden snowball effect over the last few years, I don’t expect my willingness to share my health struggle to change my life. I don’t necessarily expect anything from chronicling my illnesses, except that hopefully it will resonate with someone else who is trying to cope in the aftermath of a diagnosis that changes their life forever.