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Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.
For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's easier not to share your unvarnished truth, especially when it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Have you ever found yourself saying any of the following?
1. "No, no. I can do it myself."
2. "I'm not scared/nervous/anxious/unsure."
3. "I'm fine. Really."
4. "Don't worry. I'm used to this."
5. "No, I'm not in much pain."
Here are some conversations from the community about this topic:
“I was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago, and instead of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to take the attitude of living life one day at a time.”
“I find that planning ways to care for yourself, even if that’s just washing your hair, brushing your teeth, going to visit a friend, etc., etc., helps to restore the balance in your relationship with your body.”
“I am planning a great day, that way I will not be disappointed if it turns out to be a good day.”
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?
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