A picture speaks a thousand words…

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So, out of curiosity, what goes through your mind when you see this picture?

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On the surface, I bet you would say 5 pretty girls who had dinner, drinks and went dancing to celebrate a 30th birthday.  And you would be correct.

But what do you think if I tell you this picture also illustrates the following:

  • 1 case of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • 1 case of Celiac Disease.
  • 1 case of ADHD.
  • 1 who has a good friend with bipolar disorder.
  • 2 who are close to people  with PTSD.
  • 3 who have close family members who have severe depression.
  • 2 who have lost close family members struggling with depression to suicide.

Bet you weren’t expecting that.  

Is this some sort of invisible illness support group?  Nope, although we did go to a martini bar named Therapy.  I hope you’re appreciating that little nugget of irony like I did.

This is merely a cross section of life.  And I imagine that this would be fairly representative of all of us.  Just because you can’t see these illnesses on our faces or bodies doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.  In fact, I’d wager that because you can’t see them, it makes  existence harder for those who suffer from them because there is no sympathy or understanding because there is no cast or stitches.  Nothing visual to suggest anything is out of the norm.

On the flip side, because you can’t see these illnesses, you can hide them and only disclose them to people you feel comfortable with.  

And it still lets you take great pictures with your friends in bars named Therapy.

Aren’t they pretty? 🙂

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5 responses »

  1. Actually the first thought that went through my head was ‘Which one’s AJ?’ ;o) Good post though – very valid point, but I’m not surprised. A friend once asked me if I had any ‘normal, healthy’ friends and the answer was very few!

  2. Wow! What a great way to show Invisible Illness Week. Looking at this phot of five beautiful woman you would think they were living glamous lives with few worries. Or maybe it shows we can have an illness and still be beautiful woman.

  3. I agree with Cathy. Makes you think, huh?

    Nearly 1/2 the population suffers from a chronci pain condition, 96 percent are invisible conditions. 25% of the population suffers from an invsibile illness.

    And yet, there are not many invisible conditions with cures.

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