As invisible illness awareness week wrapped up yesterday, I think it’s important for people to see who we are advocating for. The real faces of the people who aren’t invisible even though their illnesses are.
I’m what someone with an invisible illness looks like. There’s nothing visible that shouts for attention, yet for me there’s a constant invisible pain inside my head. I have become a master of disguise, hiding my rollercoaster of symptoms behind blue eyes & soft, sometimes strategic, smiles.
Whatever illness you are facing, I hope I can remind you that you are not alone. There’s always somewhere you can turn and someone you can talk to when you feel like you’re losing your fight. 💓
But for my invisible illness soldiers, remind yourself every day that just because your illness is invisible, it does not mean that you are. We have a tendency to put on a front for others when we don’t feel well, but we don’t have to do that all of the time. It’s ok to frown instead of smile sometimes. It’s ok to cry when you’re hurting instead of putting on your suit of armor to protect yourself.
You are not alone nor invisible. Keep your head up and your heart strong 💛