Thoughts on Invisible Diseases
The problem with invisible diseases is...they are invisible. It doesn't matter if you live in a big city or a small town; if you look healthy, people will expect you to present yourself and act a certain way.
Walking fast and straight, wearing fresh makeup, having styled hair and buttoning your jacket are some everyday expectations of society. But these standards can be true struggles for someone with Lyme.
According to the CDC, in 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions. Chronic fatigue, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety are just some of these hidden monsters. So remember that there's a half chance that the person who is moving slowly or appears sloppy may be struggling to stay awake, be in public or leave their home at all.