This Joseph Maley Foundation blog was written and researched by Communications Associate, Lauren Maley.
96% of people living with a disability have one you are not able to see. Invisible disabilities are usually synonymous with invisible illnesses which are chronic and lifelong. While the everyday person may not be able to see these disabilities, they still affect everyday life for those who have them. A lot of these illnesses have similar symptoms, such as fatigue, low grade fevers, severe pain, cognitive dysfunction, learning differences, mental disorders, dizziness, weakness, and malaise. In more extreme cases, these illnesses can cause systemic damage and organ failure. Some examples of invisible illnesses are diabetes, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic lyme disease, MS, and arthritis.
We are in the home stretch towards the end of a challenging and exhausting year, and as winter approaches and the days get shorter, we all could use a little treat to reward ourselves and a mental health break here or there.