There is a hidden meaning in the term "invisible illness," in that most people who have an invisible illness not only feel invisible to the outside world, but we also feel invisible to friends and family who don’t understand our complex illness.
Friends and family aren't to blame for the lack of understanding. No one can understand what it's like to have an invisible illness, unless you have one yourself. So, I wrote an article about simple steps friends and family can take to show someone with invisible illness that they are not invisible to them.
You can read the full post here:
How to Show Someone with Invisible Illness That You "See" Them on GLA Blog
What are ways in which your family and friends have shown you that they "see" you?
"Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone." - Miller Williams
I'm Kerry (She/Her/Hers) and I am a licensed therapist, group facilitator, poet, writer, & speaker. This is a place to acknowledge and validate our suffering and trauma, while also learning how to turn toward aliveness and spaciousness.