Are you a faker?

When I initially read this story I was heartbroken. Even though this specific circumstance is one I have yet to experience,  I was horrified. This is something that could easily happen to me. That it could happen to any of the millions who suffer from invisible illnesses. Being judged so severely because your illness is invisible. Being judged because of the way a someone thinks you are hysterical when you are trying manage and hide what is happening inside you at that moment.

This amazing young woman has been able to turn this around into a positive by getting people talking about this illness. While POTS is not a rare illness, it is a very uncommon one.

You may have seen the story while scrolling through Facebook or in a brief news story.

Woman Called “Faker” Because of Invisible Illness
When someone put a note that said “Faker” on Julie’s car parked in a handicapped spot, she posted the note on social media, turning a moment of defeat into an opportunity to teach others about her invisible illness.

The Doctors explain the condition that can cause Julie to faint at almost any moment.

POTS impacts 1-3 million Americans – an estimated 1 out of 100 teens and adult patients too. Learn more about #POTS:

I’ve been sharing more emotions and challenges I encounter with the illness I fight each day. It’s still very difficult to explain and for others to understand when they can’t really see it in front of them.

October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month. I truly hope more people and doctors will be exposed, if only for a moment, to discussions about this illness. This illness could be affecting coworkers, friends, without knowing. A little understanding and awareness goes a long way.

#POTS #MakeNoiseForTurquoise #DysautonomiaAwareness