This week is invisible illness awareness week. Invisible illness covers a lot of illnesses that others may not see a person have. They include lupus, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, POTS, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many more.
The cartoon expresses the frustration people living with chronic illness feel when people say things like, ‘you don’t look sick’ ‘maybe you need to try yoga’ ‘do you take vitamins’ etc.
What people living with chronic illness wish friends would say are:
“Can I help you with anything?”
“I understand you can’t make it at times, but I like inviting you”
“Can I give you a ride to the doctor?”
“How about we chill out at your place and watch movies”
I am grateful that most of the time my chronic illnesses do not prevent me from doing what I want to do, but it has caused me to modify the things I do. For example, I used to love bicycling, but can’t anymore. I can, however, walk in an aqua track.
A special shoutout to my readers who live with chronic illness.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.