People with invisible disabilities can deny themselves care amid struggle to be recognized, advocate says

Eileen Davis was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 29 — but it wasn’t apparent to anyone who saw her. 

“I kept hearing, ‘Oh, but you look fine. You look great. It’s just arthritis. Oh, you’re young, it’s OK,'” Davis said. 

Davis said the fact that her illness wasn’t apparent made her delay getting care. 

“I actually denied care for a bit because I felt like I didn’t need it … It took a while for me to actually accept that I was living with a debilitating condition,” she told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On The Coast.

Today, Davis advocates on behalf of people suffering from invisible disabilities — which include

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