“Not the Stereotypical picture of sick”


I’ve never really understood why people get upset or annoyed when someone tells them they look well. Maybe I just think differently than others?  I like to look for the positive things these well-meaning messages can convey.  Most people are just trying to be nice, even if it comes over clumsy. Personally, I love it when people tell me I look well, I mean who wants to look unwell?  If I’m feeling mischievous, I sometimes say “yes….. but you should see my insides“.  Most of the time, it dispels any awkwardness and they follow my laughter.

Yesterday, I listened to a few video clips of a very inspiring young lady who eloquently delivered her view of what it is like to have an invisible disease and still look the ‘perfect picture of health’.  She did it in such a way that I could never do and I guess she feels the same way about looking well on the surface.  This is a lady who has a very rare disease and struggles with enormous amounts of pain.  However, you wouldn’t think it to look at her.  I think her messages are really worth listening to.

If you can’t see an illness, is an illness really there?


My invisible disease allows me to look the picture of perfect health. 




What an inspiration!  Thanks Danielle.

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Ronny Allan

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5 thoughts on ““Not the Stereotypical picture of sick”

  1. crystaltipps24 September 20, 2016 / 09:36

    It’s good to look well, although I have to admit that sometimes I get annoyed with people who sound shocked when they tell me how well I look. For me I would rather people didn’t mention how well I look at all, but when they know you have an illness like this they feel the need to say something.

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      • crystaltipps24 September 20, 2016 / 10:14

        Your right, and good friends now just treat me like they used to now they have got used to it, which is I hope a good thing!!

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  2. edebock September 20, 2016 / 03:46

    I’m thankful that I appear to be the picture of health because it allows me those times when no one knows that I’m not; when I can just be me, not the woman with cancer. Does that make sense to anyone but me?

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