According to, 96% of illnesses are invisible to the average person.  These folks often come to work with a good game face, not wanting to bring their personal health issues into the workplace.  Of course, looking good and feeling good can be very different. No different than when someone makes an inappropriate comment to someone with a visible disability, comments resulting from ignorance of the limitations of life with a chronic illness can hurt just as much as the pain itself.

According to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Approximately 133 million people are living with a chronic condition, a number that is expected to increase by more than 1% a year to 150 million by 2030.