It is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week from September 28, 2015 to October 4, 2015. Invisible disabilities are those medical conditions that are not immediately apparent. They can often go unnoticed for a long time. A few examples of invisible disabilities are epilepsy, asthma, crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, dyslexia, and anxiety disorders. Approximately 96% of people who live with an illness have an illness that is invisible. Some people have the notion that if you don’t see someone’s disability, then it isn’t there. That is far from the truth. Invisible disabilities affect people just as much as visible disabilities do. It can leave a lasting effect on the person and create more health problems.
There is an organization called Suffering The Silence. Suffering The Silence is an online community for those individuals living with chronic medical conditions as well as invisible disabilities. It’s a wonderful way to explain to others the different types of medical conditions and how it has an effect on their lives. Spreading the word and letting others know that every disability is not visible to the eyes and letting them know that it is very much real. To learn more about Suffering The Silence and to learn how to be a part of their online community, go to: www.sufferingthesilence.com.