I found this awesome article on BuzzFeed titled, “What you say to someone with chronic pain, and what they hear”. . It displays images of typical conversations that people with a chronic illness have with “normal” people everyday. I loved the article because I could relate, but then I thought, “why isn’t it okay for me to take people at their word? Why must I think more into it?” I have my many reasons and have been suffering from anxiety and insecurities long before I was diagnosed. . . . But being diagnosed with Crohn’s (Yes, I am accepting this crohn’s diagnosis for now) which is a chronic illness and how my life has dramatically changed in the past 9 months, these images spoke volumes. I’m always questioning people’s’ intentions. It’s the reason why lately I no longer openly discuss my illness outside of my immediate family, unless someone ask. I can just imagine someone rolling their eyes when I talk about my illness, even though I have never seen it happen, I can just imagine it or expect it to happen. . . I know . . .a sad, exhausting way to live that’s why at times I hate being alone with my thoughts.
BuzzFeed posted another interesting video “what anxious people actually hear”, of course it has a comedic twist, but I’m sure many can relate 🙂