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What You Should – And Should Not – Say To Someone With Fibromyalgia

Tuesday 3 January 2017


From Fibromyalgia News Today:


"I'll do that for you!"

What You Should — and Should Not — Say to Someone With Fibromyalgia

By Robin Dix
December 19, 2016
Copyright © 2013-2017 All rights reserved.

Before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I would have been at a loss about what to say to someone with a chronic illness. It’s not because I didn’t care, I really just didn’t know. I think the same may be true of those in our lives who appear to be insensitive or rude in their remarks. They just don’t know.

I want to help those people learn to say “this,” but not to say “that.”

You could say … It must be so hard to be housebound most days. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not do all the things I want to do, like visiting and shopping. Don’t say … It must be nice to stay in your jammies all day and just lay around watching Netflix. I wish I could do that. (They might for a week or so, but I’m sure they wouldn’t want the pain and fatigue to go along with it.)

You could say … I would love to bring you a meal. Can I pick up anything for you on my way over? I’d be happy to pick up some groceries or stop at the pharmacy for you. But don’t say … It must be nice having people do your errands and cook for you. I wish I had a maid or servant. How lazy can you be?


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