On Twitter, @MadelineDyerUK started a thread sharing her personal experiences with having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an invisible disability that, according to The Ehlers-Danlos Society, "is generally characterized by joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibility, and tissue fragility."
She discussed the assumptions people make about the validity of invisible conditions, and how they expect people with those conditions to still do the ordinary things that able-bodied people can do.
Immediately, others began sharing their own experiences with having an invisible disability or sickness, like this twitter user who has Bipolar disorder and Hypothryoidism and gets "told by people who don't know [her] that [she's] too young to have any problems..."
Another user shared that they had to lie about "the extent of one chronic illness" to avoid educating people about how their body works.
@Writer_Nell expressed how upsetting it is when people bring up a friend with the same condition, "followed by either all the things they can do that I know I can't, or how much worse they are than me..."
@jaydott1409 shared how they are always "called lazy or told [they] need to exercise more and the pain will go away," although they have spastic diplegia and even walking or standing for an extended time is painful.
Read other submissions to the thread here, and comment down below if you have also had an experience with invisible disabilities.