“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting is battle you know nothing about” – Wendy Mass
There are many predetermined beliefs about what someone who is chronically ill or someone who has a mental illness should look and act like, but #myinvisibleproject set out to change that.
My chronic illnesses are not visible. I’ve heard the the phrase “but you don’t look sick” from family, friends, coworkers and even healthcare providers. I know I am not alone – many others have illnesses that are not visible as well.
We are still still people. We have our own identities, our own personalities. We still go out and live our lives. However, we still have our pain and ailments. We still spend our time recovering from a simple task. Personally, I’d rather be in pain and try and live my life than let my chronic illnesses control my life. And I’m grateful I can do that.
The best way I try break this stigma is to be an advocate. I continue to talk and raise awareness with friends, family and peers. I advocate with Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc., Miles for Migraine, and Headache on the Hill. I wear clothing from Achy Smile Shop. I even wear migraine related shirts in public and get stopped by some people and they share their story about migraines or ask me where they can get a shirt to support the cause.