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Not All Disabilities are Visible: Honoring Invisible Disability Week

Anyone can wake up one day with sudden symptoms no one can see or immediately explain. That includes people of all ages, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and preexisting health levels. But the physical element of an invisible disability is only one aspect of a suffering patient's experience. Because their symptoms are hidden, they frequently deal with the pain of social exclusion as well. "You don't look sick" is just a few words and subtext away from “I don’t believe you,” “I don’t want to help you,” or “you don’t need help.” Education and understanding are the greatest weapons against those ostracizing conclusions and misinformation about invisible disabilities. The more often people choose to accept that disabilities can be hidden (and to spread this awareness), the less often people with invisible disabilities are left to bear their burdens alone.