During invisible disability week I asked our amazing online community to complete the sentence, An invisible disability is…, as part of my ongoing sentence completion project.

Hearing people’s responses and putting them together into this video has really touched my heart personally and professionally. 💚

I think it is something we can all relate to as we become more aware of the different experiences we are all touched by, either directly, through those we love and our communities.


An invisible disability is…


A list of everybody’s responses:

An invisible disability is very lonely.

An invisible disability is a daily struggle.

An invisible disability is not believed.

An invisible disability is frustrating.

An invisible disability is exhausting. Just because I look OK doesn’t mean I feel OK.

An invisible disability is tiring and not something I can just ‘get over’. It’s my life.

An invisible disability is hopefully one day, not a competition with friends that have temporary ailments who needs to feel more ill than us.

An invisible disability is one that is not seen but has an impact of a person’s physical, emotionally, spiritual and social health.

An invisible disability is something I need to communicate my needs clearly to others about.

An invisible disability is frightening, isolating and lonely. It can take time and support to learn to adjust and support is needed in a safe place where you are not judged but listened to.

An invisible disability is something you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve been through it yourself. Going through things that people cant see is one of the hardest things ever. Sometimes I feel so alone because i’m scared of people not understanding.

An invisible disability is like a hidden reality that only you and a few others in your close circle really know about, and if you are really lucky some trust what you are saying is true.

An invisible disability is a “lifetime sentence” to the anxiety of not appearing ill on the outside and needing to defend your illness, and of having to explain yourself while wondering in your head if they are believing a truth they can not see.

An invisible disability is not there, of course there’s nothing wrong with you because there’s nothing to be seen.

We have also completed the sentences:

Mental health is…

Suicide is…

Physical health is…

Chronic illness is…

If you missed them you can click on the above links to see our online communities responses and a video I produced for each week.

Let’s keep talking. Let’s keep listening. Let’s keep opening our minds and our hearts to one another and to ourselves.

I have some exciting plans for how to take this project further, so watch this space!

Best wishes and compassionate thoughts

Dr. Kristine Abercrombie / Krissy

Chartered Clinical Psychologist / Human Being








6 thoughts on “An Online Community Reflection: An invisible disability is…

  1. I remember working on this project with my disability studies class in college. At that time I was struggling to deal with my anxiety and depression. The book “Clamming Disability” by Simi Linton was assigned by my JINS professor. And I saw that it was okay to tell people about what I was going through and I found that others were experiencing similar issues and scared to talk about it.

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