Shining a Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities

Shining a Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities
You may already be aware that this week is Invisible Disabilities Week. The campaign by the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) began in 2014, and in 2019 it runs from Oct. 13 to 19. The IDA defines an invisible disability as “a physical, mental or neurological condition that is not visible from the outside, yet can limit or challenge a person’s movements, senses, or activities.” If that doesn’t describe fibromyalgia, I don’t know what does. If you’re unfamiliar with the IDA, you might want to visit the organization's website to learn about its programs. Two features of particular interest to me are the Cleaner Indoor Air campaign and Programs 4 People. The IDA’s campaign for cleaner indoor air targets medical facilities, businesses, and churches. An excellent article, "Choose Friendships Over Fragrances," describes how perfumes, laundry, and household detergents are laden with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and how many people report adverse health effects from exposure to everyday consumer products. As someone who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity, I'm invested in this campaign. I have recently adopted a policy of short visits to my family, who don't realize how badly I’m affected by the perfumed dryer sheets they use on their bed linens and towels. On a recent visit, despite my exhaustion at bedtime, the chemical taste, runny eyes, and headache from a scented dryer sheet kept me awake. After trying in vain to suffer in silence, I had to get up and remake my bed. Thankfully, my pillowcase was not affected, so I solved my problem by covering the bottom sheet with a blanket and removing the top sheet. I’ve mentioned my issue with scents to my family in the past. While they were sympathetic at the time, I don't visit o
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