Sunday, 29 January 2012

The Silent Ilness

Since being diagnosed with ME I've done enormous research and delved into every media report/story about the illness and have campaigned to have the illness more widely recognised and after reading some of my earlier posts I'm beginning to realise how selfish and self centered I really am and for that I apologise. What I have failed to discover is that like ME there are other illnesses out there that people don't recognise or acknowledge. These are known as 'Silent Illnesses'. Its an illness that is going on on the inside of the body as well as the outside but no-one gives it the time of day. These illnesses are debilitating and hurtful and horrible for the host who have them and they suffer, sometimes in silence, sometimes with conviction and sometimes shouting from the rooftops to just cope with each day with their symptoms. I applaud these people and just because we may not look sick on the outside doesn't mean we aren't sick on the inside. So for this I am learning more about these 'silent illnesses', some more than others. I will never be an expert but I do think that if I give some time to learn more about these illnesses the way I would like others to learn about ME then these illnesses wouldn't be as silent anymore and if each of us gave some time then we can drop the silence altogether.

Some 'Silent Illnesses':

PCOS - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
MS - Multiple Sclerosis
Mental Health
Crohns Disease
Ceoliac Disease

1 comment:

  1. As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia I tend not to moan or create a fuss about it and just get on with things. There are others out there who are in a worse state than me and those that have terminal illnesses therefore I consider myself, although ill, to be one of the fortunate ones. I always smile and just get on with things. I think staying positive about life creates a far better wellbeing