I think the advice in this blog also applies to anyone with a chronic, debilitating illness. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which by itself may not be as life-threatening as other illnesses, but I found that these words certainly apply — and I have heard every one of them delivered by some well-meaning soul at some point.
Here are a few things you might find yourself saying that are probably not helpful:
1. You seem fine to me.
Your loved one may look normal, but shrugging off the invisible signs of illness is diminishing to a person that is chronically ill. It does not make them feel better. Many can not see the illness in others because they are called “invisible illnesses” for a reason. Also in this category is telling people they…
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