Thursday, 2 April 2009

Medical costs and lost productivity

Is it the same for people with obvious diseases and disabilities, I wonder, but having a long-term "invisible" illness, I feel constant pressure to prove that I'm really sick and not able to work. I'm made to feel that I'm a burden; a medical cost and a lost productivity (benefit) cost - not a human being who is unable to take care of myself and thus worthy of some help. In a dignified manner: I not even asking for charity, because I paid enough into the system back when I was considered a real human being.

But all we are, it seems, is someone who doesn't work, ergo a nuisance, a leech. `

The physical toll of having to fight for whatever scraps one can get is enough. The mental one is far greater. Both hinder the fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome patient's ability to cope with or even partially recover from their symptoms.

We are "damned if we do, damned if we don't", truly.

UPDATE: As I was saying, see here, "My other goal is to also stop the medical discrimination. In other words, if you have cancer you are taken seriously but if you have an invisible illness, TOO BAD." So, I'm not the only one to notice, clearly.

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