An Invisible condition IS real. What can't be seen does not mean it's not there.

An Invisible condition IS real. What can't be seen does not mean it's not there.

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Monifah Thompson started this petition to UK Parliament
There are several different types of chronic conditions that are constantly disregarded as not being that 'debilitating' due to it being invisible and that gives off a disturbing connotation that seems to have been growing around conditions like Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos etc.. It seems that for someone to understand your condition they must see either physical damage or a physical impairment and that mindset is WRONG.

Just because you can not physically see my condition does not mean it's not there.. Medical professionals as well as other professional bodies seem to aide that connotation maybe not on purpose but they don't seem to shake the stigma and it's time for that to change.

I have come across several people with chronic 'invisible' conditions from young to old that have said they are sometimes too scared to tell either their employers or other faculties that they have a debilitating condition as they have been asked or told stupid/ignorant questions or statements such as:

Prove it.
You don't look sick.
Is it all in your head?
Maybe your doctor is wrong?
Try losing weight.
Maybe it's your diet?

Questions and statements like this show how chronic conditions or 'invisible illnesses' automatically bring out a negative response and that's just due to not enough recognition and information in regards to resources and facilities. This negative stigma seems to sometimes specifically target conditions that may have a symptom of chronic pain and conditions like diabetes or epilepsy which are also invisible illnesses don't seem to get as much as the negative light but are all under the same branch.

THIS HAS TO CHANGE.

MORE RECOGNITION.
MORE FUNDING (actual funding..)
MORE FACILITIES
UNDERSTANDING
PROGRAMMES

and an active conversation on invisible illnesses..

I started this petition because…
Hey!! I'm Monifah. I'm 19, a law student and I have been diagnosed with EDS, sprengles deformity, hyper mobile spectrum and other chronic conditions. I get recurrent nose bleeds and ear bleeds and recurrent dislocations of practically everything and that means sometimes I use a crutch sometimes I don't.

Sometimes I have a knee brace and sometimes I don't and that has meant I have received quite hurtful comments from outsiders or people that don't understand my condition but when I've started speaking to them and suddenly my ear has started bleeding it seems they start to get this understanding..

I was on the train earlier last month and needed to sit down and I was shifting around and trying to hold onto my knee but I couldn't really ask for a seat as I always get scared that someone may say 'well you don't look sick' which is a common response. I ended up collapsing on the train because my knees dislocated and after having to explain why I am on the floor I was immediately offered a seat.

This should not be normalised. Ignorance should not be normalised.
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