A thread on Twitter about the difficulties of living with invisible illness or disability has gone viral—shedding vital light on what many of us can't see.
The thread was started by Twitter user @MadelineDyerUK, who shared the realities of having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a debilitating invisible disorder that is "generally characterized by joint hypermobility (joints that stretch further than normal), skin hyperextensibility (skin that can be stretched further than normal), and tissue fragility," according to the Ehlers-Danlos Society.
Dyer begins the thread with:
According to the Invisible Disabilities Association, an invisible disability (for those who don't already know) is defined as:
...a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker. Unfortunately, the very fact that these symptoms are invisible can lead to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments.