Hidden Diseases Cause More Than Physical Discomfort
But, you don't look sick!
There are, literally, thousands of people, or more, who suffer from diseases that are invisible to others. And, many times, other people make them feel as if they should hide their disease or condition. No one should have to feel ashamed of an illness they did not choose to have and cannot help having.
Suffering from a disease that is hidden is much harder than it should be. So, remember, when someone tells you they do not feel well when they look healthy, it may very well be true. And, when you show disbelief or scorn, you are only adding to their burden. You are not revealing an ulterior motive that they are hiding. Assuming someone is healthy just because they do not “look” sick will only make them feel worse.
There are people who suffer from diseases such as: Asthma, Autism, Diabetes, Crohn's, PCOS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Cystic Fibrosis, MS, COPD, CHD, Depression, Lupus, Thyroid Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Celiac's Disease, or any number of other conditions. These conditions can be totally invisible, especially in the beginning. It is quite disheartening to be told you should be able to do something because you appear to be in good physical condition, knowing this is not true.
For people who suffer from this type of disease, each day is a challenge. Even on days when you feel better than most, you still know that these days are going to become less frequent as life passes by. Add to this the mental abuse of people who do not understand and life can become a misery that is difficult to endure. But, the alternative is not to be considered, either.
So, if you know someone who has any of these diseases, or perhaps another that is not mentioned, please do not tell them they do not look sick so they should be able to do things. If they say they can not do something, have faith in them. Pestering, nagging, and griping will only make them feel worse. And, it could ruin what might be the only good day they have had in weeks, or maybe longer.
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