9 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone With a Chronic Illness

It’s no surprise that sometimes people say things they don’t want to–or mean to. Especially when they’re talking to someone with a disease like pulmonary fibrosis (PF), that is not fully understood by those who don’t live with it.

To help you learn more about what you shouldn’t say to chronically ill people, we’ve put together this list of nine things you should never say (source: healthline.com):

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Sometimes people who live with chronic illnesses that have very few external signs are not believed. If people can’t see your disease, they often don’t think you have a disease–and that’s just not true. PF has several symptoms that are just internal and are most of the time invisible for those who don’t know them.

So no, it’s not just in your head and you’re not overreacting. Your chronic illness may be an invisible one, but it’s just as real as any other health condition.

 

Here are some simple facts about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

7 comments

  1. Art Sellers says:

    Oh my it is so difficult to read these 9 things that I should not say to my wife about her lung condition: the right arrow does not advance to the next next thing, it keeps forwarding the first thing, the text is hard to read because of the picture behind that makes the text hard to see. Why not just list the 9 things?

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Art. Thank you for the valuable information regarding our list page. We continue to work on the way that we present the information that is best for everyone.

  2. Phil Jones says:

    Like Mr. Sellers I have complained about articles by this young woman before, that you can never get beyond page 1. Back then, I was told that the problem will be corrected. Well, this article and several others exhibit the same problem. Nothing is getting fixed, Mr. Bossie.

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