Category Women with Invisible Disabilities

Just as invisible to yourself as to others

Disabilities and chronic illnesses can sometimes be just as invisible to yourself as to others. It took me a long time to learn how my disabilities were impacting my life. The everyday effects are usually not what doctors tell you… Continue Reading →

Being hard of hearing means I spent a lot of my growing up in an unintentional bubble.

Moria Crowley Being hard of hearing means I spent a lot of my growing up in an unintentional bubble. I was obsessed with reading and could easily disappear into other worlds and experience a great many things but one that… Continue Reading →

So when you’re continuously having interactions where you don’t meet those expectations, it does chip away at your confidence over time

Sarah R With Attention Deficit Disorder, it’s challenging because I am perceiving and processing the world in an entirely different way, which is invisible to others. Because you present as a woman without an obvious disability, people tend to expect… Continue Reading →

Often people ask: “are you better now?” as if it is only a temporary injury, and not a long-term condition

Jani Wiggins I didn’t always identify as someone with a disability. I was able-bodied for 15 years of my life. Most people would declare it a curse, to have this perspective, but I see it as a gift. I feel… Continue Reading →

Because I smile and try to live a normal life it’s hard for people to imagine that I am in constant pain

Carla Walker Hi my name is Carla! I have type one diabetes and hydrocephalus. It can be really hard to carry out daily tasks with fluctuating blood sugar levels, and a constant daily headache. Often I find myself viewed as… Continue Reading →

You play it off, pretend you’re not in pain until you can’t pretend anymore

Heloise O’Sullivan Society places a large emphasis on “seeing is believing”. This thinking makes invisible disabilities just that – invisible. There will always be people struggling more – why complain? So, you play it off, pretend you’re not in pain… Continue Reading →

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