Why I’m glad I have an Invisible Illness

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Feature image from LAURAWILLIAMS

If you ever find yourself with a spare 30 minutes, get onto Pinterest and have a look around for pins about autoimmune diseases.  That is of course, if you feel like getting really depressed about having an autoimmune disease or as Pinterest calls it, an invisible illness.

There are a great many people complaining about how others can’t see their autoimmune disorder.  Pinterest has a lot of upset people using it to spread the word about how you can’t see everyones illness and you can never understand about anyone else’s pain.

It looks a little something like this.

Invisible illness me

Perhaps I am in a very crappy mood, but I am just not into this kind of moaning.  It sounds like they are upset about not having their own wheel chair, or walking stick, or fake leg, or horrible scar so that strangers will know to feel sorry for them.  It sounds like illness jealousy, disease jealously.  Puke!

I am glad I am not defined by my illness

I am glad to have an invisible illness.  In fact, sometimes I feel like the luckiest person in the world for having an invisible illness.  I am not defined by my illness.  I am not judged by people who do not know me.  Strangers don’t stare, or point, or wonder what’s wrong with me.  People don’t stare, people don’t pity me and people don’t ask me what’s wrong.

When you have an invisible illness, you are in control.  When you have an invisible illness, you are able to tell the people you trust.  You are able to choose who you invite into your confidence.  You are free to present whatever side of you you wish.

And I’m sure that anyone with a VISIBLE illness would be grateful for that chance.  These pictures are driving me crazy.  What do you think?  Do I just need to go on a long walk?

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

2 thoughts on “Why I’m glad I have an Invisible Illness

  1. lisa.baker67@mtlworld.com'
    Lisa says:

    Oh Meg thank you so much I really thought I was the only one who was glad their illness is invisible, I am so fed up with people posting sob stories about how hard done by they are!! I have an inoperable brain tumour but shhh please don’t tell anyone lol!

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