From a young age, many of us are taught the time-honored proverb ‘Never judge a book by its cover’. This is especially true when passing judgment on the people we see around us. We make sweeping generalizations about people’s back stories based on one cursory glance at them, even though our judgments could be completely flawed. Likewise, we might see someone moving freely without any visible aid without ever realizing that, for them, merely going for a walk is a painstaking feat.
It’s well known that conditions such as fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis are serious illnesses. What is altogether harder to detect is whether or not a person suffers from one of these conditions, which are categorized as ‘hidden illnesses’ as they are often indecipherable to the naked eye. Hence, a person who may seem happy and healthy on the outside is, in fact, fighting a battle with a serious illness every day of their lives.
As if living with a condition such as fibromyalgia isn’t punishing enough, sufferers of hidden illnesses also have to contend with ignorance from those around them who fail to recognize the extent of their pain. Dismissive comments from other people just add to the suffering of those with hidden illnesses. Therefore, it is well worth taking a few minutes to read through this infographic, which was created by the people at Burning Nights.
It aims to educate people about common hidden illnesses by outlining their signs and symptoms, how they can be caused and what can be done to lessen the problems they cause. If you retain only one facet of information from the graphic below, at least you will be slightly more aware of the plight of hidden illness sufferers, who have a huge appreciation of anyone who displays understanding and empathy towards the difficulties they endure on a day-to-day basis.