invisible illness

Wellness
To dismiss patients' words is akin to throwing away a report from the most sensitive diagnostic technology that has yet to be invented. A little respect and a lot more empathy would go a long way in advancing medical research and practice.
Healthy Living
You can be chronically ill and still feel like cracking a smile once in a while.
Wellness
The point is, I now understand that when you're desperate for pain relief, you'll try just about anything.
Wellness
Having a seizure is nothing to be embarrassed about. Each of us have a battle we face. It's how we face it that shapes and defines us.
Healthy Living
Invisibility presents extraordinary obstacles and risks depending on who is blind to your illness.
Wellness
It has taught me to appreciate and enjoy real food: I've learned to view food as medicine and fuel. When you think of food
Women
One day she is strong, the next she is not Trying her hardest to take all in her stride Yet behind her fake smile, she must try to hide.
Healthy Living
Just because someone looks good today doesn’t mean they look good every day.
Wellness
I know there are a lot of people like me out there -- people who look "normal" but are suffering from intense pain -- whether physical or emotional. So before you make a sarcastic comment to a stranger on the subway, just remember that you never know what they're going through.
Wellness
As a young woman battling serious illness, with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high incident rate of unnecessary, and hurtful comments by those assuming I am not sick. After contacting a small population of disabled individuals on Instagram, it seems there are five specific stigmas that patients desperately wanted dispelled.
Black Voices
In honor of lupus awareness month this piece pays tribute to Kimberly Flynt Willis, a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, and friend who earned her angel wings on Saturday May 14, 2016.
Wellness
Think about how many people you see who are clearly disabled during an average week. Statistically, for every person you've seen who looks disabled, you've seen at least 4 more who are disabled but don't look it.
Impact
As the group began planning, and posting about the protest on social media, the idea for a #MillionsMissing campaign started
Women
To be honest, I was really hoping that what I'm about to write was common knowledge by now. I really wish that society in general understood disability better, but it seems necessary to counter the basic inaccurate beliefs people have about disability and those who live with it.
Wellness
Despite her epilepsy, my wife is still a strong, wonderful person, and the woman of my dreams. And as long as she has epilepsy I will have secondary epilepsy. I choose to love her and walk with her every step of the way through this journey, and always will.
Impact
We need to advocate for the rights of the disability community, but abusing people over a parking permit they are legally entitled to use is not the way to go about it. Reporting the Ferrari double-parked across two disabled bays without a disability parking permit might be a better place to start.
Women
No one but me and a handful of doctors know what's going on underneath my skin. On the surface I look like everyone else I pass on the streets on Manhattan.
Wellness
Health is merely a spectrum under which all of us fall into in one place or another, and this is especially true when you think of invisible autoimmune conditions which are very much part of you yet pose a number of problems.
Wellness
When we say we have a "chronic illness," we are specifying the length of time this illness is likely going to stick around. But when we say we have an "invisible illness" we are describing a condition that is hidden to those who are around us.
Wellness
I'm not talking about the meat you put in a sandwich. I'm talking about celiac disease -- a serious genetic condition that television personality Joy Behar dubbed as "baloney" on the Jan. 20, 2015 episode of MSNBC's Morning Joe show. Let me say that again: a serious condition.