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When You Don’t Look Sick - People with invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses

By Lizz Schumer

When You Don’t Look Sick
People with invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses number in the millions, but they’re often alone  with their struggles. Here’s why they deserve attention and respect—and how to give it.

Invisible disabilities or non-apparent disabilities refer to a broad range of chronic illnesses and conditions that may not be immediately visible to others, such as deafness, autism, traumatic brain injury, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, diabetes, migraines, and dyslexia. These conditions can be challenging for people to live with, and they often struggle to get others to understand their situation. As a result, they may face misunderstandings, rejection, and stigmatization.

In a society that often ties a person's worth and value to their productivity, identifying as disabled can be difficult for those with invisible disabilities. However, accepting and embracing their condition as a disability can be a crucial step in obtaining necessary support and resources. It is important to recognize that the burden of creating a more inclusive society should not fall solely on individuals with invisible disabilities. Instead, we must work towards removing barriers and promoting greater awareness and education around invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses to ensure that everyone has access to equal opportunities and resources.

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