It seems that many people have an extraordinarily difficult time wrapping their minds about the concept of chronic illness continuing to affect a middle-aged woman who appears generally healthy.
I’ve lost count of how many people have asked me if I’m still dealing with medical problems, given my appearance. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy looking much better than I actually feel. I intentionally work at maintaining this illusion, too.
Nevertheless, it remains difficult for others to definitively accept that I truly have ongoing limitations. Every. Single. Day. It’s no easy task to juggle the management of multiple chronic conditions, plus attempt to work, even part-time.
I also am assisting an increasingly frail, elderly mother with multiple everyday tasks. Please be supportive of others who may be living with undetectable forms of chronic illness.