Sunday, January 23, 2011

At Least You've Got Your Health


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People love to say trite things like, "At least you've got your health," when something bad happens. But what if you don't? I really hate this expression because it's such a crock.

Don't get me wrong: no matter our circumstances we all have something to be thankful for and I know that's what people are getting at with this kind of comment. But when you don't actually have good health it feels like a punch in the gut for someone to point that out.  My response is just to point out that I actually don't have my health, but that I'm glad they do. It may be a rude or confrontational way to reply, but I wish people would think more before they speak.

When it comes down to it, people saying stupid things can be one of the hardest aspects of being a chronically ill person. They just don't think and put their feet in their mouths way too often. If there was one thing I could try to make healthy people understand it's that their words cut and that a little understanding would go a long way. Try not to be glib. Some things are far too personal to us for that.

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