Veronica’s Story: Living With Invisible Illness
Veronica Beauchamp wrote an article for the online magazine BoredPanda writing about her story. She was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) 3 years ago. Veronica has had more than 4 medical procedures in the past year and a half alone. She’s lost her hair and seen tons of medical specialists. Veronica is only 19 years old. This is her story.
Veronica wrote, “At only 19, I’ve dealt with more doctors and specialists than many will ever meet. My junior and senior year of high school was spent going to doctors and traveling to UCLA in California for treatment.”
“One of the hardest parts of living with these invisible illnesses, especially when I was in high school, is the criticism I received from others. I don’t look sick, so it’s hard for others to understand that I am. That’s why I talk about my autoimmune diseases as much as I can and I don’t let people’s opinions weigh me down. I hope that by sharing my story I can help other people going through the same struggles.”