In December 2012, I published an essay on hidden disabilities and chronic illness for APALA’s website. APALA = Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Please follow the link below. My essay is accompanied with resource links to help readers learn more.
Many physical and mental illnesses, conditions, and disabilities are not readily apparent. We are often compelled to say, “You don’t look sick, so you must be fine.” I, too, find myself thinking such thoughts and acting upon them. Learning to cope with a health condition also involves learning to cope with how other people treat and see you.