The Invisible Emmy
I do this. I think I should win one of those statue thingies all the actors are striving for. In fact, I know a whole heck of a lot of people dealing with invisible illness daily who deserve a statue thingy.
We will call it The Invisible Emmy.
What is an invisible illness?
Invisible illness is a disease that can be debilitating to a person inside their body but not manifested on the outside. Or at least, not be recognizable to most people as symptoms of illness. These diseases are sometimes hard to diagnose too. It took a year for me to be diagnosed with UC. My early symptoms were often treated as viruses because of flu like symptoms and severe diarrhea. It wasn't until I was bleeding profusely that I was finally taken seriously and sent to a specialist. I'm not knocking the docs I saw, I'm just pointing out the fact that diseases can often masquerade as something else in the beginning. It's unfortunate.
IBDs (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases) fall in the category of invisible illness. Most IBDs such as UC (ulcerative colitis), Crohn's rarely have symptoms that are recognizable by their outward appearance.
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