But You Don’t Look Sick
Vestibular disorders are unpleasant enough to live with, but the lack of empathy from others can be devastating. It’s difficult for others to understand just how debilitating chronic imbalance or dizziness can be. Share these resources with family, friends, neighbours and co-workers to help them understand what you’re going through.
The Spoon Theory
Read Christine Miserandino’s personal story and analogy of what it is like to live with Lupus. Everything she talks about relates to vestibular sufferers – we, too, have a hidden disability. The Spoon Theory is helpful for anyone with a hidden disability to explain how they feel to their family and friends. And here it is in PDF.
To Family and Friends of Those with Balance and Dizziness Disorders
Heartfelt plea for understanding written by Muriel Kauffmann, co-founder of BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society.
"What is Wrong with You?" (You Look Fine to Me!) [YouTube]
View a presentation by neurophysiologist Art Mallinson, PhD, directed at friends and family to help them understand why those with balance and dizziness disorders can look so good when they feel so unwell. Read a summary of the presentation.