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:
“I am being bullied at work and am trying to deal with that stress. I walked out of work today, and feel I need a break and don’t feel able to work.”
“Block off some time like you would for an appointment and practice self-care techniques: bubble bath, meditation, painting, writing, yoga, uplifting movies.”
“Read/research/ask and don't give up. Gather information, share and be your own advocate."
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?
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