June 24, 2009

Invisible Illness Bingo by Anna Ham

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3 comments:

Rob said...

Hi Paula,
Many of these things I've heard before. Some of them I have not. I especially don't like the comment about how I get something out of being "sick".

However, sometimes I think "suck it up." I sucked it up, I got out of bed, and I got a job. I don't think its right to feel that way, but I do.

Rob

Linda said...

I also sucked it up, and after getting fired at work for having a seizure, I tried to get another job, and now I'm a dishwasher at a rest home. It's a third of the salary. I didn't have to reveal that I had epilepsy, but working in a kitchen with open flames and knives, I thought it best to be sure they knew. That dropped my salary by two-thirds. And "they say" it doesn't matter. It does, and it sucks sometimes. I used to work in television and they never knew, until I had a grand mal. It was all over then. They also let my husband go and 5 other employees that backed me up and tried to defend me. They said "we looked up your condition on the internet and it doesn't exist, therefore, it doesn't exist."

Rob said...

I think I should also say that I have a job at an epilepsy foundation so I'm relatively safe, although you never know for sure. I have had plenty of disappointments in my working career. Some were created by myself but most, I think, had to do with my epilepsy. Had seizures, admitted I had epilepsy, needed accommodations, etc. So its really not fair to say I "sucked it up" without mentioning those things. But, still, I need to work on changing my opinion of others who I say should just suck it up.

Rob