Outwardly people know me as cheerful and sociable, but there is this other side which up till now I have carefully kept hidden. When my invisible struggles take over, I tend to withdraw and not 'show up'.
As part of our Hidden Project, we're asking people from our community to share stories of their hidden illnesses. We believe that only by sharing our experiences can we begin to understand them – and one another.
People may not understand how invisible illnesses disrupt our everyday lives precisely because they're hidden. Root Experience trustee Tilly Baker tells us how an untimely bout of her condition created a new understanding with her work colleagues.
Our artistic director Simon explores his recent experience of back and hip pain while working on the charity’s project about invisible conditions. He asks whether the medical treatment we receive really gets to the root of the problem...
Our challenging and thought-provoking exploration of what it is to live with a hidden disability is really starting to take some shape – and we're ready to share it with the world, with an exhibition at Brighton Dome next week: The Hubbub.
You can’t truly understand the scale of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) unless you've experienced it – unless you've been there, done it, and checked multiple times that you do in fact have the T shirt.