Silent illnesses are super common but not talked about enough. Here are a few silent illnesses that someone you know might be battling and you have no idea or you know but forget because you can’t see it.
*Mental illness (which includes many sub categories)
And the list goes on. These illnesses greatly affect millions of people’s lives. No one should have to explain themselves or try to convince others that they’re suffering. Everyone is battling something that no one else knows about. When it comes to invisible illness, the sufferer often has to make excuses for why they didn’t show up or why they left early. Why they don’t work or why they only work part time. Why they cancel plans last minute, etc. The truth is, there are times that we feel great and are able to show up and be present and in great spirits etc, and there are times where we simply can’t and if we do, we might not be feeling well or we might leave early. DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY and absolutely NEVER get mad at us. Trust me when I tell you that we feel badly enough on our own without someone giving us a hard time. Some of the most insensitive things that someone with an invisible illness can hear are the following. Don’t say these things to us.
*Oh you’re fine
*But you were able to do (fill in blank)
*Well how come you made it to (fill in blank)
*You just need to sleep more
*You just need to eat better
*You just need to work out
*At least you don’t have (fill in blank)
*But you look great
*But you went on that trip
*Why don’t you work or why don’t you work more
*Just force yourself
I could go on and on but you get the idea. Even though sometimes we feel okay and force ourselves to do “normal” things. You have NO idea what we are feeling on the inside or if we had to take massive amounts of medication in order to do these things or if we just showed up, took a couple of pics for social media and left 5 min later crying in pain or panic, etc. The moral of this story is…..stop assuming that you know what someone else is dealing with and for goodness sake NEVER assume based on someone’s social media, that you know what their lives are like. You have no idea unless they’ve told you and when they do tell you, believe them. This life isn’t easy and we are all just trying to get by. THIS IS WHAT MENTAL ILLNESS LOOKS LIKE.
LOVE AND MISS YOU, GIA.
Now imagine what ALL invisible illness look like? Think about it.