How we face the misconceptions and stigma around fibromyalgia.
“Disabled” and “handicapped” aren’t two words society often associates with people who aren’t visibly disabled, but live with chronic illness and pain. There is a notion that in order to be sick, there must be evident, visible signs, such as assistive devices or mobility issues. Our society often ignores the existence of chronic illness, especially when diseases are invisible and/or don’t fit in the mainstream ideal of what being sick should look like.
At least 10 percent of the United States population is considered invisibly disabled according to Disabled World. The outside world sees chronically ill people as normal and assumes they function at the same level as healthy people do because their symptoms are often not seen.