Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.
For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's easier not to share your unvarnished truth, especially when it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Have you ever found yourself saying any of the following?
1. "No, no. I can do it myself."
2. "I'm not scared/nervous/anxious/unsure."
3. "I'm fine. Really."
4. "Don't worry. I'm used to this."
5. "No, I'm not in much pain."
Here are some conversations from the community about this topic:
"Having a horrible day I'm so emotional a grown man crying and hiding. Don't want anybody to see me blisters all over my hands does anybody else get blisters?"
"Does anyone else get “what's wrong with your (insert body part with eczema on it)?” By strangers? Or just me? Unfortunately, mine is all over my face so there's no hiding it. It just frustrates me that strangers have the nerve to ask about my body and what's going on with it. Thoughts? Or stories?"
"I was wondering how many of you have to deal with well-meaning (or not!) friends and family members trying to diagnose or recommend treatments?"
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?