Lyme patients often hear the words, "But you Don't Look Sick." It's a source of confusion and pain. Of course we don't want to look sick, but we want others to look past how we look to how we feel.
This phenomenon is not only experienced by Lyme patients. It's a common occurrence for anyone who has an "invisible illness," or an illness you can't see based on outward appearance.
I try to live by the quote, "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Even if you don't have an illness, you might be going through a divorce, someone close to you may have passed away, or any number of other difficulties. Everyone is battling something and we need to remember that when we talk to each other.
Here is a link to my article:
The High Cost of Telling Someone 'You Don't Look Sick'
I would love to hear other stories about being told you don't look sick and publish them as a guest post. If you have a story, reach out to me on my connect page.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama
I'm Kerry and I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2016. This is a positive space for those of us coping with Lyme disease and other invisible illnesses.