Everybody of us could have a disability. For not every impairment is perceptible for others. This often also has social consequences. What is life like for a young woman who deals with language and communication in university and job life, but also lives with aphasia? And how does everyday life of a mother with Multiple Sclerosis and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder look like? Get to know more in our Topic of the Month March: Living with an invisible disability.
When they hear the word "disability" many people immediately think of people in wheelchairs and perhaps of the blind or people with amputated limbs. In other words, people usually associate visible impairments with this term. Yet not every disability can be recognized at first glance – and sometimes not even at a second glance.
Communication and language have always been an important part of her career plan. She aspires to have a career in creative writing. After getting diagnosed with aphasia, Leonie Höpfner’s life is suddenly turned upside down. But she is sticking to her plan: after completing an internship, she is now working in the editorial department of REHACARE.com, while also pursuing a master’s degree at the same time. Here is an insight into the life of our editorial journalist.
"But you don’t look sick!" That’s a sentence, Katarina B. hears far too often. The woman from Switzerland lives with multiple sclerosis (MS) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosed later in her life. The symptoms she is dealing with on a daily basis are invisible to outsiders. But they are still there – around-the-clock. REHACARE.com spoke with the mother of two about her family life and asked how these two diagnoses impact her everyday life.