Online dating chronic illness


From years of writing about chronic pain and illness, I’ve learned that young people carry several extra burdens, especially when their disability is invisible (as is more often the case than not).

This piece focuses on young people, although some of its points apply to people of any age, depending on their circumstances. Young people are treated as if their health issues can’t possibly be chronic.

This ignorance about young people with chronic illness has other consequences.

Several young people have told me that they’ve been openly challenged when they park in a disabled spot, even though they have the required placard or sticker.

Online profiles generally allow users to disclose as much or as little as they want.

Similarly, users can often make checklists of must-haves and deal-breakers.

The realm of online dating has brought about fast and efficient ways to meet new people.