Did you know that approximately 96% of people who live with an illness in the U.S. have an illness that is invisible? That means that literally millions of people in the U.S. alone walk around looking outwardly fine, but inside, suffer from an invisible, chronic condition. Being diagnosed with an invisible illness is only the beginning – the real problems start after that.
The divorce rate for those with chronic illnesses is over 75%, and depression occurs at a 20% higher rate in people who are chronically ill. Physical illness and chronic pain factor in up to 70% of suicides, and 50% of those suicides occur in people under the age of 35.
I was diagnosed three years ago, but I’ve been living with my chronic condition much longer than that. I’m pretty settled in to my new normal. So why start a blog about living with a chronic condition? Why throw a bunch of statistics around? Why start a movement now?
I recently read an article that I strongly encourage everyone to read:
It got me thinking: why are there not programs like this everywhere? I go to the University of North Texas, and they do have a disabilities office, but they don’t really cater to students like myself. I am not disabled. When I filled out the forms they gave me, I checked “no” to everything:
Does your condition interfere with lecture-style learning: no
Do you need extra time to complete tests: no
Do you need special in class accommodations, such as hearing aids, etc: NO!
But I do need something! I need understanding! I need to know I’m not alone! I need awareness!
Well, if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.
I’m going to start updating this site with stories from my own life and experience with illness, and I hope to interview others to feature on this blog as well. I’d like to get a lot of people subscribing and interested, because my ultimate goal is to organize some live events at UNT to raise awareness of invisible illness.
If you are not a student at UNT, but you’d like to raise awareness at your school, you can do it too!
Today, I started a blog and a movement.
Do I Look Sick?
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((statistics via invisibleillnessweek.com/media-toolkit/statistics))