Oh I hear ya, Donnaeil!!
I'm sure the commentary was well indended but people just don't "get it" do they? If they did they'd react a lot differently, at least I should hope that they would. The pain aspect of our problems seems to be the thing that the people in my life don't understand.
I keep looking around websites to see if anything is going to be going on in my area regarding FMS Awareness Day (May 15th). But so far nothing. I think I'm going to have to be the one around here to get something going.
As I've said many times.. these people are most likely uneducated in the matters of fibro. And for them, ignorence is bliss. Sad but true. Hugs,
You know, Donnaeil, I don't think your friends meant it that way. Gee, I love to get compliments from people. I think that shows they are aware of what I go through to do the things I do or they wouldn't say anything. Also, to me it shows that they really care about me, too. I, too, have been told I'm amazing and it sure feels good to hear that. It's better than struggling through life being ignored by everyone! LOL
When I first read your post, I had a tough time understanding why what they said upset you so much. They were simply telling another person they admire that they admired them and I didn't see how that was condescending.
Then, I realized that what you might be saying....are you saying that you find your accomplishments of getting down to the pool in a wheelchair & w/ Fibro less amazing than the other things you have accomplished in your life? That a person who walked down to the pool, who didn't have a chronic condition, should not be admired for getting their butts in the pool and working out when many of us find it difficult to motivate ourselves to do the same?
I'm not criticizing your post, just trying to understand where you are coming from.
Fibromyalgia since 2007
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Robert F. Kennedy
Post Edited (getting by) : 4/17/2009 7:53:11 PM (GMT-6)