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No Sympathy: Am I Being Too Sensitive?


There are times when I wish I had an illness that is more well known. Conditions such as lupus, diabetes, or COPD often illicit a much more empathetic response from the general public, whereas Celiac Disease (or food allergies), Fibromyalgia, Crohns & Hashimoto’s often are met with a surprisingly unsympathetic response.

While I know the general public can’t know everything about every medical condition, I do wish that they wouldn’t play down conditions that they know nothing of. I often here remarks such as:

-”Oh well I hurt all the time. I guess I have Fibromyalgia”
-”You don’t eat wheat or dairy products?! I don’t know that I could live that way”
-”You should probably just bring your own food” <– said by a close family member of mine, no lie
-"What can you eat?"
-"No wonder you're so skinny"

And often times, those with an autoimmune disorder find themselves with more than one diagnosis; for me it's fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease & two food allergies (dairy & fructose). I know of several others who have Celiac Disease and Hashimoto's. I know most people, most healthy people that is, can't fathom what our lives are like on a day to day basis. I just wish they'd be be a little more sympathetic & watch their words a little more carefully.

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