10 Things You Should Stop Saying To Chronically Ill People (And 7 Things You Should Say)

I hate it when people say “Just be positive.” It’s not that simple.

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1. “Just think positive and you’ll feel better!”

(Sigh.) This is just another way of telling us our illness is our fault — that we aren’t doing enough to get better. If there was something we could do to fix it — to feel well — you bet your ass we would. Most of us have tried everything there is to try: meditation, acupressure, acupuncture, chiropractic work, exercise, massage, vitamins, yoga, therapy, diets, and, yes, positive thinking. We know what helps and what doesn’t. And guess what doesn’t help. BLAME and JUDGEMENT.

2. “Have you heard of this new wonder drug for pain? It’s called Tylenol.”

Yeah, yeah. If it’s out there, we’ve probably tried it. And it probably doesn’t work for us. One of the many unfair things about having something like chronic pain is that it often doesn’t respond to usual pain relievers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.). I could…

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