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Cancer Care Chronicles
October 2016

Invisibly Disabled

Author Affiliations
  • 1Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California
JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(10):1265-1266. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.0117

Sit beside me and you will see a young man with a big smile and an ordinary persona. We can chat and exchange pleasantries and even become familiar. You may pass me day after day perhaps as a classmate or coworker, and maybe we would even study together or collaborate on a project. We might hang out and grab a meal together. What you will not know is that I am disabled. It is difficult to discern; I look just fine. As the age-old saying goes, you cannot judge a book by its cover. I am a book whose cover is misleading.

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