I have met plenty of numbers 1,3, and 5 (many thanks to FB and other online support groups, Twitter, and blogging). Numbers 2 and 3 … not so much.
So you’ve been diagnosed with an invisible illness. Maybe you have Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any other serious illness that may go unnoticed by anyone that isn’t you. No matter what disease you have, there are always people that want to give you an opinion on what you are going through. These are the five types of people you can undoubtedly expect to encounter when navigating life with an invisible illness.
1. The person that is skeptical about your disease.
Having a chronic disease will sometimes lead to cancelled plans. As the person suffering from your illness, you know exactly how hard it can be to even get out of bed. Your friends and family may not. This can be extremely frustrating. People will make statements such as, “But you were fine yesterday! You even went to the gym!”, or even, “You don’t look sick.”
Do not put…
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