You know what? Even if my disability is quite in our face having a heavy-duty chair and all I get people, especially in the medical field, thinking I’m faking pain and symptoms. A good example is when I was diagnosed with nerve damage in my hands. Initially, tests showed nothing wrong, so doctors believed I was just lazy and didn’t want to hand write in school. Luckily, my mum pushed for more testing, and they found out that the nerves in my hands are in knots.
The reason why I brought up that example is to show that if they could see my disability, I still wasn’t believed. Let alone if I had an invisible disability but first, what is an invisible disability? A condition that can’t see with the naked eye, like dyslexia and mental illnesses like anxiety.
Common Invisible Disabilities are:
- Chronic Pain
- Mental Illness
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Lyme Disease
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Of course, there are many more, but these are the ten most common, according to Benefits.com.
A list of Celebrities that have an Invisible Disability:
- Selena Gomez. Lupus.
- Nick Jonas. Type 1 Diabetes.
- Emilia Clarke. Brain Aneurysm.
- Bella Hadid. Chronic Lyme Disease.
- Jessie J. Wolf-Parkinson-White-Syndrome.
- Morgan Freeman. Fibromyalgia.
- Selma Blair. Multiple Sclerosis.
- Wendy Williams. Graves’ Disease.
Working in the disability sector, I hear co-workers if this or that person genuinely has a disability. My typical answer is you can’t assume anything as long as you haven’t seen their medical history. Being disabled myself, I know how judgment the world, so, please be careful what you say and write.
Happy Disability Pride!