Ever feel like you are on an island? If you are obsessed with HGTV’s Island Hunters series like I am, perhaps it sounds like a good thing. However, in the realm of invisible diseases, it’s not. It’s isolating. It’s makes you second guess yourself. At times, it can be torturous.
Invisible diseases exist. I’ve lived it first hand. On the outside, you look fine – maybe a bit tired, but you look like everyone else. You don’t exhibit signs of someone with an illness, you don’t have bandages or scars to tip anyone off, you look okay. On the inside however, it’s just the opposite. Your body is raging. You are running on all cylinders just to get through the day.
Although you want no sympathy from others, you want understanding. You just want to yell at people when they see you struggling with your children or they overhear you saying your can’t do something that everyone else “your age” can or that you once were able to do. You feel judged. You are judged. Judged because people don’t even know what’s going on with you. Often, wrongly accused of putting on an act or being a hypochondriac because people don’t see you at your worst or for that matter, at your best.
Having an invisible disease means relying on those closest to you for support. Often, just a few people. Your own invisible island.
Do you have something wrong with you that people can’t see, but feel like you are wrongly judged for it?