I feel that life is short, it’s important to enjoy yourself and embrace whatever comes your way, whether it’s a challenging day or a great day, just welcome it with open arms. No matter who you are, you can’t escape challenges, they are part of life.

Miranda Kerr

You or someone you know has an invisible illness. You can’t see it. But inside, they’re fighting just to be normal. Invisible illnesses are chronic diseases and conditions that significantly impact your life but don’t have visible manifestations. Things like heart conditions, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, food allergies, Crohn’s disease, and migraines.

My ulcerative colitis is an invisible illness. I didn’t allow myself to come to terms with the fact that I have an illness until about 16 months after I got diagnosed. I was embarrassed. Worried people would make fun of me, take pity on me, or simply try and tell me that there’s a cure when I know there isn’t. I was hiding behind something that I was never going to be able to change.

One of the downsides to my UC is that I can’t eat anything fried, greasy or fatty. You can imagine how inconvenient it is trying to go out to dinner with friends and family. I always get asked why I can’t eat anything fun. Cheeseburgers, pizza, French fries, and chicken strips rarely pass The Bon’s lips. Of course everyone’s first instinct is that I’m dieting. I really struggled with telling people the true reason. To be completely honest, most people didn’t know about my UC until I posted my first blog post back in December 2015.

With the help of my family and friends I realized that my situation could be a lot worse. Instead of being embarrassed of my UC, I chose to embrace it. I truly feel that my UC is one of the best things that could have ever happened to me. Although it may be uncomfortable and a daily struggle, it has helped me grow into the strong confident woman that I am. I see the world in a completely different way now. Life is short; we need to be blessed with what we have and look for the positives in everything.

If you struggle with an invisible illness embrace it. I realize that it’s tough but you can’t allow it to control your life. Find the positives, learn from it and show it who’s boss. Life is all about what you make of it, don’t waste yours sulking over something you can’t change. Don’t take pity from anyone just because you have an invisible illness. Let them know that you run your life, your illness is just along for the ride.

#YouDoYou – The Bon

12 Responses to “Invisible

  • Actually some people have been healed from UC. Don’t fret about not eating the junk “fun” food; it’s what likely gave you UC in the first place! It certainly aggravates it. You are evidently better off eating healthier, so there’s no need to mourn the bad food that you’ve been so programmed to consume. Check out Dr. Robert Morse ND on youtube. He answers questions for free on his channel and also provides health assessments and protocols. You are just beginning to wake up to a better way of life. Best wishes!

    • The Bon
      8 years ago

      Thank you for the feedback. Eating healthy has certainly helped me feel better.

  • Isabella
    8 years ago

    Beautifully put into words. I’m so incredibly thankful for what life has offered me. I promised myself to thank my healthy body ever since I got the swine flu. I was miserable.

    I don’t eat greasy foods either! I had my gallbladder removed when I was 21 (I’m 27) and that explains why I was never into fatty foods. I’m vegan and I eat mostly fat-free. The only fatty thing I eat (and love) is avocado. Too good to be left aside. Especially in Chile where we all eat avocados every day!

    Good luck with your new habits. Your heart will one day thank your UC for making you quit fat. 🙂

  • I will pray for your UC illness and now I can inbrass my illness too I have to bad things that I can’t do many things like go on many fast rides.I have a heart mermer and a hair line fracture and could have died but people prayed and I knew even though I was only 2 I had god in my heart and my life and he was right next to me and had me tight in his arms..Again I will have my paster pray for you if that’s fine with you please tell me if its fine to have my paster pray for you ASAP..

    • Yes, you and your paster may pray for me. Thank you for thinking of me, that’s very sweet of you! Best of luck, I hope you’re doing okay. I’m sorry about the heart murmur.

  • thank you for this blog it helps me at school whith bullies wish i could meet you and thanx

  • im praying for u too do u fell better ever my mom has it too

  • Isa the best
    7 years ago

    Thanks for this it’s beautifully written by the way

  • Isa the best
    7 years ago

    Thanks for this article and by the way it’s beautifully written.

  • Isa the best
    7 years ago

    Thanks for this article and by the way it’s beautifully written. I came here from Whitneys chanel.

  • You should never be embarrassed about your illness because it makes you unique in your own little special ways I used to be embarrassed about having
    CYSTIC FIBROSIS but then my music coach told me that my illness makes me
    Unique YOU should always follow your dreams and never let your illness get in the way of having fun

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