September 15th, 2009

red panda eating bamboo

invisible illness

For some reason the phrase "invisible illness" is reminding me of an anecdote (possibly apocryphal) about one of the first attempts to create a computerized translation program. They input "out of sight, out of mind," translated it into Russian, translated it back, and the result was "invisible idiot."

So there's a meme going around. It's from here. I'm copying it below. Some of my responses are criticisms because some of the information I'm invited to provide strikes me as none of anyone's business, or irrelevant to any illness or disability I have ("My favorite medical TV show is"?). Also I don't like the ways some of the items are worded because they are within a certain framework about how to interpret one's experience, and the framework doesn't quite work for me.
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