Can you see me?

Did you know that September 14th to 20th is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week? I didn’t know about it until recently, but now am thinking of what I can do to bring awareness to diabetes related issues specifically during that week.

As a bit of a warm-up to the event, this week the Grand Rounds Blog Carnival focused specifically on invisible illness. Naturally there were a few mentions of diabetes.

See if you can spot some familiar names and posts (hint: pay particular attention to the “tests and to-do lists” section). A special thanks to fellow Diabetes Daily blogger Rachel who told me about the blog carnival and encouraged me to submit my post.


  • Sara, I love the concept of invisible illness. It’s a blessing, to be able to hide things most of the time, but doesn’t it bring special challenges as well? I’d love to hear your or anyone else’s thoughts on the concept of visible v. invisible illness.

  • Have you ever disclosed your invisible illness to someone and found out they have something invisible too? I have peripheral neuropathy and some days it is a challenge to put a smile on my face and make it stick LOL

    I was in a brief meeting with a business associate. He is an older gentleman I have done business with for years, but had never really had the opportunity to get to know. But yesterday he noticed me kneading my hands. I wasn’t even aware I was doing it – but he reached out and covered my hands with his and said a prayer. It wasn’t but about 3 sentences, but it touched me deeply.

    His wife had passed away 2 months ago. She had severe PN and he saw me jiggling my feet and rubbing my knuckles and he knew exactly what it was.

    I still don’t know a lot about this gentleman. But he offered not so invisible comfort to a stranger.

  • Having an invisable illness can have ups and downs to it. And some things fit into both categories. I find it hard in ways because people look at me and see a young slim person and assume that I’m in fine condition. I have a handicap parking pass due to my pn and the effect it has on my feet and legs can make walking and getting in and out of the car very painful. People look at me and think that I’m abusing the system by my outside apperance. They have no idea what I’m going through and never will because it isin’t anything that they can visiually see unless they watch me getting out of my car.

    I think it will forever be one of those catch 22 situations. Nice to be able to have somewhat ‘normal’ times but wish people could clue into what’s going on inside of us.

    I think that even though Diabetes has gained alot of exposure it is still a condition that is very misunderstood. With all the different types and variations people really just clump us into one catagory, oh you ate too much sweets and now your going to loose your leg.

    It’s through events like this that hopefully help shed some light onto Diabetes and what it means to be Diabetic.

    Thanks Sara

  • I am assisting my grandson, only 21, who has severe PN and also eye problems from diabetes. I know that people look at him and consider him healthy. He is in the process of applying for SSI and I’m sure that the first interviewer had no concept of his disability. Also I am the one, the grey haired pushing elderly one, who drives and drops him off for medical appts. and goes to park the car. Where is a good source of info. about PN? This is new to us.

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