Market Watch interviewed Lent Hirsch, author of the new book, “Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine,” which came out late last month.
From the article:
"Statistics show that young women are disproportionately affected by certain diseases and health conditions, she says — and that’s hard enough.
But they also have to grapple with societal attitudes toward women, and young women in particular, which makes everything that much more difficult.
There’s 'this idea that young women are this beacon of health and beauty and fertility,' she says.
When illness strikes, 'nobody believes you. Or they say, "Oh, my God," in this really dramatic way,' she says. 'It also means that often you don’t feel comfortable revealing [your condition] to people.'
That contributes to the perception that there aren’t many young women with serious medical conditions, she says, which her research shows couldn’t be further from the truth."
Ugh. I accidentally read some of the comments and now I need to wash my eyes out with lye.