I lived in the South for awhile and they have a term for it; "poor mouthing". In other words complaing about their health problems. i have a friend with lung cancer, people come to his place and complain of discomforts. It makes him nuts.
Both my moter and my sister have copied my lifestyle and that makes me nuts. If I dye my hair, red, next time I see either of them, they're sporting, you guesed it, red hair. If I take up a sport or hobby, they do also. My mother oncw wrote a Autobiography, Forth Step, life history, whatever you want to call it,
It is annoying, but I was thinking the other day about many things, and I'm wondering if some of it is not a twisted empathy. . . They care enough about you to show that they understand by overdramatizing all their ailments. . . Makes me feel bad for them now (mentally not physically:)
thankyou for the feedback and advice- i wont be mentioning any facets of my health in front of her again. its quite toxic.
when i was at university, i lived in the dorm- my neighbour always copied or mimicked my illnesses- i was told to take it as a compliment, but i found it odd and unnerving.
i am so grateful for this forum, because everyone here knows HOW it feels to be THIS sick, all the time. friends and family try, but they cant truly grasp the concept of chronic poor health, because they have never experienced it on this scale.
Thanks so much for the advice,