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Health Discovered

May 11, 2023

Invisible illnesses – illnesses with no outwardly visible signs or symptoms – can be a frustrating and discouraging experience when it comes to navigating healthcare as a patient. Between short appointments, appearing outwardly healthy, and ever-changing health insurance for those in the job market, many people have difficulty managing chronic illnesses. What are some ways we can better manage a chronic or invisible illness? We talk with Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, about the complexities of dealing with a chronic illness, the importance of morals in healthcare, how those of us with illnesses can better advocate for ourselves in the doctor's office, and how doctors can make space for diverse patient experiences with invisible illnesses. For more information on O'Rourke's book, visit