The stigma and bureaucracy of ‘hidden’ health issues
London Student, November 1, 2013
Few people can immediately tell that Sonia Hunter, a third year at SOAS, is ill, but chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia affect her “every moment of every day.” The only external signs of her disability are a slow gait and sometimes a walk like she’s twisted her ankle, but if she looks healthy and able-bodied to other people, her disability “is always visible and present” to her. CFS causes persistent exhaustion, unrelieved by sleep or rest, and difficulty with concentration and complex thinking, and the related fibromyalgia produces widespread pain and extreme sensitivity throughout the body.
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