I suffer from a chronic and invisible illness as do many of my readers. We all know how difficult it is to navigate through life with an illness that can’t be seen. It is difficult to convince others and often times those in the medical field that our symptoms are real; they are not something we have conjured up in our heads. As an adult dealing with chronic and invisible illness, I have learned to find my voice. I have learned to stand up for myself. It didn’t happen over night and it hasn’t always been easy. I cannot imagine what this is like for young people who are still navigating adulthood and may not easily find their voice and be able to deal with chronic illness.
Toni Bernhard, author of How To Be Sick and How to Wake Up, writes for Psychology Today. A few months ago, she posted a wonderful article entitled The Extra Burdens Faced by Young People with Chronic Illness. Toni’s articles are always very insightful. I have read How To be Sick and plan on reading How to Wake Up very soon.