BALANCING THE INVISIBLE
Living with an invisible disease often adds an unfortunate layer of invisibility to the patient; from forgetting triggers when you’re finally present enough to enjoy life, to the hospital you woke up in (after 3 grand mal seizures in 45 minutes) sending you a bill for the ambulance because they felt it wasn’t a necessary call.
The misunderstanding of invisible diseases is just that; they aren’t recognized until it is too late. Loved ones will cut you out of their lives, while new experiences will lead to lessons and recognition of reality on a new level. After experiencing sickness on such a violent level, my only goal in life at the moment is to remain as calm, happy and stress-free as possible. I now sincerely try to avoid large crowds, though recognize when it is safe and worthwhile to enter bigger cities. I now put my work laptop away when I have been looking at it for too long, though deal with pressing issues as they arise. I now speak out when I’m in a stressful situation, and leave when I start feeling ‘funny’, and I try to only surround myself with people who care about my well-being.