Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Don't Play Victim; Be an Advocate for Your Invisible Illness

Staff Writer, DL Mullan
MCS / Awareness Month

Living with a chronic illness is never fun. I should know. I am an environmental illness patient because my former employer overused and misused pesticides and the condition of the buildings, which led me to believe the place suffers from tenets of sick buildings as well.

Many chronic and debilitating illnesses are invisible. That means, I look normal. Sometimes healthy to people who do not understand the condition. Instead of giving into the negative taunts of others, you can become an advocate for not only yourself but for others with invisible illnesses.

In the article, How To Deal With People Who Don't Believe You're Sick, we learn that there is a healthy way to correct others as well as your own behavior.

1. Be concise. Be clear. Be confident.
2. Silence the skeptic.
3. Create boundaries.
4. Lose the guilt.
5. Join a support group.

When you are ill, you should never have to apologize for it. You should never have to lose friends or family over it. Chronic illness affects millions of people and being ill is not a game. 

Take the time to understand and respect people with chronic illness and you could learn beneficial facts to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy while showing compassion and understanding to others.

Source: MindBodyGreen