Living With an Invisible Chronic Illness

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Who hates to hear that they look great? Often it's people who are suffering with a chronic illness. According to a recent survey of 611 chronically ill individuals, done by the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week committee, 53.27% of the respondents said that the most frustrating or annoying comment people make about their illness is "But you look so good!"

    While most people appreciate being told they look good, if you are living with a chronic pain illness such a comment often means your pain is not being taken seriously. And sometimes that hurts worse than the pain itself.

    National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is an annual effort to raise awareness for and offer encouragement to the millions of people suffering with an invisible illness. This year it is being observed September 10-16. Twenty free online chat seminars will be offered Monday through Friday of that week. This year’s theme is "Living with invisible illness is a roller coaster. Help a friend hold on!"

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    Check out seminar topics and learn about other awareness opportunities.

    Read the rest of the survey results and find out more about NICIAW.

Published On: August 28, 2007