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 J and I'm talking about Judgement.
Today's post related to a few things I touched on in my I post. I highlighted how an invisible illness often means people judge you because they can't see what's wrong. It almost makes me want to cart around my images from my scopes so I can say, "There, now you can see what's wrong." When I worked, I was constantly saying I didn't get the luxury of getting better. I felt like I had to remind my coworkers that I was sick because they would forget since it was invisible.
It also left me feeling judged––both by myself and others. I often felt like I was just being a wuss or I should be grateful that it's not worse as some stories from others I have read. I wondered if people didn't believe me, thought I was exaggerating, or flat out lying. They'd think less of me because I looked fine, so why couldn't I just try harder? I don't know if anyone actually thought those things, but those thoughts went through my mind.
Not to mention there really are people who treat others with invisible illnesses that way. They can't see it, so the person must be exaggerating or lying. How frustrating is that? Especially coming from a family member or friend.
That's why we should never judge someone using handicap stuff who doesn't look sick. Lots of illnesses are invisible. My pain is just as valid as my aunt's.
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