"But You Don't Look Sick!"
Resources & Information about invisible chronic illness
What is chronic invisible illness?
Invisible chronic illnesses can be defined as conditions lasting 3 months or more without visible identifiers such as bruising, redness, swelling, use of a wheelchair, etc. Examples of chronic invisible illnesses can include fibromyalgia, lupus, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), and more.
Labeling & Stigma
Current research shows that students with "invisible" chronic illnesses like these often report feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, frustration, and accusations of laziness by staff and peers.
Invisible Disabilities Association