Migraine is invisible. National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week!
Every Migraineurs knows that living with Migraine disease is made even more difficult because it's an invisible illness. It's human nature to "believe" what we can see or touch, what we can actually feel. We can feel Migraine, but other can't. They look at us and see nothing wrong.
September 10-16 is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. Lisa Cope, founder of this awareness event commented on a recent survey,
- "Although telling someone they look good is often seen as a compliment, it feels like an invalidation of the physical pain or seriousness of one's illness and the suffering they cope with daily."
Visitors to www.invisibleillness.com answered the and reported the following other annoying comments people tend to make:
- "Your illness is caused by stress." (14.22%)
- "If you stopped thinking about it and went back to work..." (12.42%)
- "You can't be in that much pain. Maybe you just want attention." (10.95%)
- "Just pray harder." (9.15%)
For more information about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, please visit www.invisibleillness.com.
© Teri Robert, 2007.