Scoffed at by your GP? Singled out at work despite having a diagnosis? Finding your pre-injury relationships are disappearing faster than you can blink?
You may have been repeatedly refused treatment or referral through your Dr, been denied benefits after losing your job or home through PCS? Even your partner, husband or wife could totally fail to understand what you’re experiencing even though you’ve tried to explain, they still accuse you of ‘faking’ or ‘laying it on thick’?
Well there is a fairly common situation to be in if you’re suffering with PCS or PPCS, and those people who make your life even more unpleasant than it is are simply ignorant, in denial or just prejudiced towards invisible illness & hidden disability.
I’ll be looking at individual cases & issues related to discrimination in the U.K, it could be media driven hatred of people on disability whom seemingly ‘don’t look ill’ or it could be the institutionalized attitudes we have as a nation towards what actually defines disability.
I’ve certainly had my fare share over 6 years & its toughened me up yet I still believe a major perceptive shift is needed & of course education, hence our awareness drive, one mind at a time…
September 10-16, 2012 is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. This annual event, started in 2002 by Lisa Copen, features a variety of ways to get involved including a virtual conference September 10-14 online for free with speakers.
2012′s theme is INVISIBLE ILLNESS? SHARE YOUR VISIBLE HOPE! This is a chance for participants to upload photos that show their hope to encourage others (both ill and healthy).
There is a Meme “30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness”, you can sign up to blog for the cause, read guest bloggers’ posts, and get involved in the campaign on Facebook. There is even a free 80-page ebook when you sign up for email updates, with 263 tips!
With nearly 1 in 2 people living with a chronic condition, about 96% of those people are suffering silently with invisible illnesses…..