12 Tips On Dealing With Someone Who Has Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Pain
If you know someone who has fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome or any other invisible illness her are twelve tips on how to deal with them. There as especially if the person you know is a friend or family member. Remember, they never asked for these illnesses. These are life altering illnesses and we need your support.
1. Be sensitive. We are no longer the person we used to be.
2. Validate us.
3. Don’t just assume we can’t do anything. There are many things we can no longer do, but there are still some activities we can do.
4. Honest communication is not an excuse to be rude or negative.
5. Look for thing we can do and get involved with us.
6. While there are things we can do, it’s very likely we will do it much more slowly than normal.
7. If you felt pain 24/7 with chronic fatigue and fibro fog at the same time, how would you want to be treated?
8. Pray for us.
9. Understand, we didn’t ask to have fibro or chronic fatigue and we are not hypochondriacs.
10. Don’t be offended if we don’t act on your advice. We may have already tried it or know better than to try it.
11. Losing your good health is a loss we suffer and sometimes we feel like grieving. Give us space to grieve.
12. Don’t forget about us.