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Jun 302015
Invisible illness in 6 pictures

Like many of you, I’m a bit of a Pinterest gal. There’s just something about being inspired visually by so many beautiful things that really lights me up.

A few weeks ago in my feed, someone posted a selection of photos all at once. To anyone without an invisible illness, they are just gorgeous photos, but I laughed at loud at how each photo immediately seemed to represent invisible illness in some way, shape or form.

Invisible illness in 6 pictures

Invisibile Illness in 6 Photos…

1) Comparison with the Past

We spend a lot of our recovery time going over the ‘if only’ and the ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’ of it all. What if I’d drank more green juice? Would that have helped?

When we’re alone and often stuck in the same thought pattern every day, comparisons between our healthier self and the way we are now are inevitable, but unless you’ve had an invisible illness yourself, you’ve no idea how painful they can be.

photo 1Photo taken from here

2) Brain Fog

Forgetting your words, not being able to string a sentence together, headaches, dizziness and just generally not having a frickin’ clue whether you’re coming or going… this photo for me sums up everything about brain fog, and how demoralising and embarrassing it can be.

photo 6Photo by Mike Monaghan taken from here

3) Loneliness and isolation

As sense of loneliness and separateness is one of the worst parts of invisible illness. We know that others are concerned about us and say they understand, but how can we expect others to understand if even we don’t really know what’s going on?

photo 2Photo taken from here

4) Living in fear

Photos 4 and 5 link together quite well, but as you’re recovering, you might feel as though you’re living a double life. You’re second-guessing whether you’re going to relapse and doing anything you can to protect yourself, even if that means stepping into fear (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve chosen fear and often still do).

photo 3Photo taken from here

5) ‘Of course, I’m great!’

I’m sure you’ve done this too- it’s easier just to say that everything’s great than it is to really express your true feelings. Not being honest, both with ourselves and others, can sometimes become the norm. We just don’t want to burden anyone, and if I’m honest, I really got sick of the sound of my own thoughts when I was really sick. Just saying everything was good was a lot easier than getting in touch with how I really felt.

photo 4Photo taken from here

6) We’re stronger than we think we are

I wanted to finish on a high note…

This is the side that most people don’t see, or think doesn’t exist- the side of us that is constantly fighting. The side the is strong-willed, capable and never gives up.

As I mention in this article on strength and courage, throughout all of this, we’re a hell of a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for. To be brutally honest, we don’t have much of a choice, but inside we’re fighting, hoping and wishing.

Keep on keeping on.

photo 5Photo taken from here

Which photo resonated the most with you my love?

Love, Katie       xxx

  8 Responses to “Invisible Illness in 6 Photos”

  1. I love these. I especially love the last one. These are so right on the mark.

  2. Love this Katie, Thanks for sharing! x

  3. The last one was great.. This post was great!

  4. I like these. I like the brain fog one and the last one most, but the last one is my favourite.

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