For the month of April, I will be blogging every day (minus every Sunday but the 1st) about Interstitial Cystitis for The A to Z Blogging Challenge. Each day I will talk about a subject dealing with IC and my life living with it.
Today is I and I'm talking about Invisible Illness.
What is an invisible illness?
I found a good answer at invisibledisabilities.org. An invisible illness/disability is a physical, mental, or neurological condition that limits a person's movement, senses, or activities that isn't visible to other people.
My aunt is in a wheelchair. When she was young, a botched surgery paralyzed her from the waist down. It's easy to see her disability (not that she let that stop her.) For me, my illnesses aren't visible at all. I have to break out the photo album of my scopes to show you the damage I have done to my body. If she uses a handicap spot, people understand. If I use one, I'll get dirty looks and judged as lazy. (Although, as of right now, I don't need to use the handicap spot, but you get the point I'm trying to make, right?)
One thing we need to work toward as empathetic beings is understanding that not all illnesses or disabilities are visible. There are quite a few that hide on the inside or under the skin. (I'm going to talk more about judging people for my J post.)
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