In saw something a doctor said about people who live with chronic pain. He basically said that people who live with chronic pain learn how to not let it show and go about life not letting many people know. He also said that the pain many people with chronic pain live with would cause a person without a chronic illness or condition be flat on the floor.
Perhaps it is a but of an exaggeration, but there is truth in it. People who live with chronic illnesses or conditions can tend to not let on to most people what they are going through. We hear things like- but you don’t look sick. maybe you just have stress, have you tried yoga, the list goes on and on.
My friend Barbara of mylifeinourfathersworld.wordpress.com shared something she found about people living with chronic illness with me:
Some other suggestions I would have are:
Pray for your friend.
Spend an evening with them at their home watching movies.
Help them with cleaning or things they need done.
Chat with them on social media.
I am fortunate that my chronic illnesses do not prevent me from enjoying activities. I am wise in which ones I join in on and yes there are times I leave early because of fatigue.
Also please be careful about offering advice. There probably isn’t much advice your friend hasn’t heard and if it is a clique or ‘common sense’ it probably won’t help.
Just some thoughts if you have a friend living with chronic illness.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.