The pain and struggle that people with chronic illness live in is often invisible to outside observers, but is often deeply felt all day every day. I was one of these people, living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 17 years. I was fortunate to find a way to improve my condition.
So what are these chronic illnesses?
Invisible chronic illnesses include allergies, arthritis, cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes, digestion ailments (IBS, colitis, Celiac), heart conditions, lupus, Lyme disease, mental illness and neurological diseases.
Almost half of all U.S. adults (117 million people) have had at least one chronic health condition. Living with an invisible chronic illness is incomprehensible to those who do not have it. The following are inappropriate things to say to someone with a chronic illness: