Posted 6/1/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)
Man, this is a big one for me b/c I just went back to work FT about two months ago after a hospital stay and a long recovery. I've worked at the same place for a ummm, 11 yrs now and I know a lot of people and they all know I have a chronic illness(s) and I get asked ALL THE TIME--DAILY-- how I'm doing from multiple people. I know they mean well, but it gets very overwhelming b/c I get this feeling that some of them are waiting to hear that I'm cured or something; I think I've scared some people b/c I'm the reality that you can go on in life, healthy, and boom, one day you're sick for no explainable reason, scary. So, what I've done, for the most part, is to say, I have a chronic illness that's very challenging and unless I tell you otherwise, let's just say it's the same day after day. I've asked some of my closest friends not to ask me about my health anymore, if I need them I will come to them--and I do often, I've realized you can't shut people out completely, every relationship is two ways.

P.S. I have a VERY dark sense of humor and people know that about me and that helps. Sometimes I'm perfectly honest and I will say, "I feel like s**t, I'm reading Nietzsche, what's the point?"
Posted 6/2/2008 1:12 AM (GMT -6)
Fine, fine. Perfectly fine! And you?

Nobody really wants to know. Well, nobody I know wants to know.
You people want to know. I love it. Love it.
Pamela Neckpain

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