Is my invisible illness really that invisible?

This is a great post on IBD. I also personally suffer from Crohn’s Disease and I was able to pull myself out of a flare up and achieve remission through my diet and exercise. A huge part of it was also treating my anxiety. Which brings me to the topic of her post…invisible illness. Everyone you know is truly fighting a battle you don’t know about, so let’s all work together on making each other better.


This week (Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2015) is Invisible Illness Awareness Week. There are so many conditions that are invisible. From lupus to back pain, depression to rheumatoid arthritis, cancer to migraines, diabetes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

This got me to thinking about my illness, Crohn’s disease. Is my illness really that invisible?

Yes, my insides have been inflamed, enraged, bloody, full of a maddening, red, bludgeoning rage reaching boiling point. That is invisible. small-intestine

Yes, many days, I made myself presentable and went to work like a normal person. People couldn’t see just how sick I really was or what was going on inside my bowels every time I ran to the toilet. Nobody could see inside my anxiety ridden head when I was suffering silently with a mind full of nerves, stressing over my symptoms. These things were mostly invisible.Or were they?

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9 thoughts on “Is my invisible illness really that invisible?

  1. I have what’s called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. I was diagnosed in 2001, I was 21. Years of eating fried, oily, acidic, and basically unhealthy foods caught up with me at that point and I was hospitalized and given fluids and a GI cocktail to get my body back in gear and help with dehydration. Since then, I’ve become a bit more disciplined in what I eat and how I prepare foods. I can always tell when I’ve had something too oily, too acidic, or way too many fried items because my body quickly reminds me that I have a gastroenterology issue in which to be continually mindful. I applaud you for totally changing your lifestyle and doing what’s best for your particular condition. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks! I love this persons post, and I can really relate to your story. I notice my body change when I eat bad food also. It’s a night and day difference and often long before I show actual Crohn’s symptoms I’ll feel lethargic and depressed due to the quality of food I’m eating. I clean up my diet and problem solved before there is any real issue.

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