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Invisible disability

Invisible disabilities are disabilities that are not immediately apparent. For instance, some people with visual or auditory disabilities who do not wear glasses or hearing aids, or who use discreet hearing aids, may not be obviously disabled. Some people who have vision loss may wear contact lenses. A sitting disability is another category of invisible impairments; sitting problems are usually caused by chronic back pain. Those with joint problems or chronic pain may not use mobility aids on some days, or at all. Most people with RSI move in a 'normal' and inconspicuous way, and are even encouraged by the medical community to be as active as possible, including playing sports; yet those people can have dramatic limitations in how much they can type, write or how long they can hold a phone or other objects in their hands.

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I have Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia and want to form a "coalition of invisible disabilities" support group. This video is an introduction. I am also a published author and the daily news editor at

Contributed by Yvonne Decelis

banner 4 book "It's Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro)"

NOTE: I was interviewed about on FixMSNow by Sheryl Jacobson Skutelsky re this book (and MS in general). The interview is online at:

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An interview on FixMSNow by Sheryl Jacobson Skutelsky re me/my book (“It’s Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS & Fibro)” ; My life (so far) with these “invisible conditions” and ways I have found that make my life better/acceptable despite them) is online and is accessible at:

Contributed by Yvonne Decelis

How I live with these "invisible disabilities" and ways I have found to improve my quality of life despite them (even though life can be every bit as bad as it sounds at times, it doesn't always have to be a horror show).

Contributed by Yvonne Decelis

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