Hiding In Plain Sight: Subtle Signs A Loved One May Be Living With An Invisible Illness

Reclaiming HOPE

My brother sent me this photo the other day. If you look very closely, you may be able to find the tiny tree frog hiding in there. Actually, he’s not hiding at all, but sitting out there in plain sight.

Tree Frog (2)

That’s kind of how invisible illnesses are. They’re there, but because there don’t seem to be any outward manifestations of illness, people assume everything is fine. Invisible illnesses are those that are not readily apparent to the casual observer. The person living with this type of illness may not look “sick” at all, but inside, every moment of every day may be a challenge.

I’ve heard so many stories of people who were told, “but you don’t look sick”, “you’re faking it”, or “it’s all in your head.” They want to be believed, but because there’s no glaringly obvious physical problem, they fight an uphill battle to be heard, and…

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