This is a phrase that has been heard way too many times by those suffering with an invisible illness. ⁣⁣
I can’t stress how important it is to recognise that we do not have to look ill to be ill! ⁣⁣
My illness is invisible to those who do not look closely enough and rely on a hospital gown, IV drip and other visual cues to recognise illness.⁣⁣⁣
But if you were to take a minute and look closer, you’d notice how much pain I am in. How the front I put on is fraying round the edges. You’d notice that at midday I go off to take my second dose of medication. You’d see my struggle to remember simple words during a conversation as the brain fog consumes me. ⁣⁣⁣
But most of all you’d notice my absence….from friendships, work, important events & family occasions. I dont get to decide when I can or can’t keep up. The days where I don’t make it, and you don’t get to see me, means that I’m really struggling with the exhaustion and pain that comes with my condition. ⁣⁣⁣
…Do I look sick now?⁣⁣
I’m aware that a full face of make up, shampoo advert hair and freshly painted nails would argue otherwise aha! ⁣⁣
But that is why more awareness needs to be raised, to avoid further subconscious conclusions like this one ⁣⁣

3 thoughts on “BUT YOU DON’T LOOK SICK…

  1. Would you rather they noticed and felt sorry for you? Most people are so wrapped up in their own head that’s all they think about, myself included. Take care.


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