Going to my 3rd round of physical therapy for Vestibular rehab. Having fibro is not helping. But mostly because I have no backbone to say "No, I can't do that," And push so hard that, a week later, I'm going in to therapy still flaring from last week.
I've been practicing what responses I can use. Please wish me luck on being able to speak up for myself.
Invisible illness makes it hard for me to say anything, because I get "the look".
"You're too young to have that problem"
"You look fine, I'm sure you're exaggerating."
"This is just an excuse not to work."
"It's all in your head."
I know, I'm putting thoughts in people's heads. But I know a disbelieving look when I see it. And it hurts enough that I have, and will, do anything (even send myself into a fibro flare) to not have to see it or deal with ignorant remarks.
Wish me luck.
Repeats mantra: "do not be a rug. do NOT be a rug!"