autoimmune illness

“You Don't Look Sick” is NOT a compliment

“You Don't Look Sick” is NOT a compliment

What the heck is a chronically ill or disabled person “supposed to look like” anyway??

That’s just it. There is no way for a sick or disabled person to look. Yet not “looking” like a sick person leads to people with chronic illnesses and disabilities being discriminated against, thought of as lazy, unproductive, rude and unmotivated. It leads to people with chronic illnesses feeling the need to perform disability or illness for others: for example I often feel like I should walk slowly or limp when getting up out of my wheelchair, even though I am usually quite capable of walking at a regular speed, lest people come up to me and accuse me of faking my disability or not needing a wheelchair.