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Issue #185: Not All Disabilities are Visible (They’re Not ‘Taking Advantage’ of That Seat or Toilet) & What to Record in a Pain Journal

Issue #185: Not All Disabilities are Visible (They're Not 'Taking Advantage' of That Seat or Toilet) & What to Record in a Pain Journal | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 November 2019. Issue #185.

In this issue: Next time you see someone ‘taking advantage’ of a space for disabled people, remember that not all disabilities are visible. Even people living with the same chronic illnesses can present different symptoms, and suggestions on what to record in a pain journal. Fear saps our bodies of healing resources, making it hyper alert especially to painful sensations. Whilst there is not definite cure for chronic pain, understanding our perception of pain and how it affects our mind and body can go a long way. Sleep deprivation causes heightened pain sensitivity, as the region in the brain responsible for coping with pain isn’t functioning properly. You don’t have to be an expert to create; you can be an amateur and still get something out of a new hobby such as painting. Don’t assume that someone is well just because they look fine; it’s called invisible disabilities for a reason. Reaching deep into one’s self and understanding your worth when confronted with chronic illness. Whilst some students may be pretending to be sick to skip school, those with invisible disabilities are pretending to be well instead. The money and time one could save and put towards a better quality of life, if we could interview doctors and their familiarity with chronic illnesses before scheduling an appointment. The payback that comes with chronic illness and disabilities, no matter how much you pace yourself.

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*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

Read More: Invisible Cities Linkup: Pros & Cons of Living with Chronic Illness in Your City

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