The Stigma of Invisible Illness Affects the Whole Family

The Stigma of Invisible Illness Affects the Whole Family

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The Stigma of Invisible Illness Affects the Whole Family

It was hard to learn to advocate for myself as a teenager with juvenile arthritis. I have many anecdotes from those years when I was getting comfortable with speaking up for myself. It took a while to learn how to have my needs met, even when others doubted me. While I eventually learned to deal with gym teachers and bullies, I never quite got over the sting of loved ones brushing off my struggles. I…

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