People with chronic illness obviously suffer through persistent poor health. But they also suffer from people failing to understand their condition. Especially from people who think chronic illness sufferers have lucked out, and are on a lifelong holiday. And to help combat these illusions, actor Jennifer Weisner and The Mighty have made a poignant but lighthearted video. Jennifer is herself a person with systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. And The Mighty is a site and social media page that allows people living with chronic illness the chance to share their experiences.
The video is very to the point, and shows the difference between how people view the chronically ill, and how illness sufferers actually live.
The video raises an important point. Obviously, those of us who are well enjoy time off work. But few of us would choose to leave our jobs if it meant permanent unwellness. And the fact that people say things to the chronically ill like ‘it must be nice not having to go to work’ shows that many people struggle to think beyond their own personal experience.
But this video’s light tone does a great job of showing people the reality without feeling like it’s a lecture.
It’s important that we understand the situation of others. The best way of doing that is by engaging with people. And this video and others from The Mighty are doing a great job of giving a platform to people who have too often gone unheard.
– You can also see The Mighty’s videos on YouTube.
Featured image via YouTube
We need your help ...
The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads.
Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds the government to account and calls it out when it puts vested economic interests above human lives. We need a media that shows solidarity with the people most affected by the crisis – and one that can help to build a world based on collaboration and compassion.
We have been fighting against an establishment that is trying to shut us down. And like most independent media, we don’t have the deep pockets of investors to call on to bail us out.
Can you help by chipping in a few pounds each month?