This post is a collection of what to say to someone with a chronic illness. To be clear, it’s a collection of the RIGHT things to say to someone with a chronic illness because WRONG things are said way too often.  All of the graphics in this post as well as the idea for this came from Her Foggy Mind, a Swede that I love on Instagram – her IG handle is linked here, and her blog is here (she doesn’t blog much though).

I wanted to write this post because my mom has fibromyalgia. I know that I usually don’t say the right thing to her,. Heck, I struggle with saying the right thing to anyone most of the time.  That’s why I write posts about the right things to say (like to us with disabilities), the wrong the things to say (to us deaf), and what to say to someone who has a child with Down syndrome.

I’d like to get this right, and I found this really helpful.

What to Say to Someone with a Chronic Illness:

What to Say to Someone with a Chronic Illness
– let me distract you with some gossip – we can always reschedule, don’t worry – it’s not your fault
- tell me the latest medical news - is there anything I can do? - you have every right to be bitter -
- hows the pain today? - do you need a break or to sit down? -just say the word and we'll go home -
what to say to someone with a chronic illness
- you don't deserve this, it's unfair - I'm proud of you for fighting - I'd like to take away your pain if I could -

The Right Things to Say to Someone with a Chronic Illness

So, there are a lot of right things to say to someone with a chronic illness. I loved the suggested listed here through @herfoggymind ‘s excellent graphics and I’ll be thinking of ways to expand on them.

What are your thoughts? Any other suggestions on what great things to say to someone with a chronic illness would be?

 

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