10 of The Worst Comments I’ve Received Since Becoming Chronically Ill and How I Handle Them

Fighting With Fibro

We visited with my 93 year old Aunt and my Parents, the other day. As we were getting ready to leave, she said: “Stace, mark my words, this wedding is just what you need to get better”, right before saying “you look great, Stace!!” What I know she meant as a compliment and as a beacon of hope, instead, cut me like a knife. So before I go on to explain why seemingly innocuous comments (or not) can hurt so deeply, here’s 10 of the rudest/dumbest/most insensitive comments I’ve received since becoming chronically ill:

  1. How sick can she really be?
  2. You already knew you had Lupus-why would you be upset to see the same diagnosis in writing?
  3. Fibro is that disease that people get when they don’t want to work
  4. My friend had Fibro and cured it by eating celery
  5. Everything is normal, have you thought about seeing a Psychiatrist?

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