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:
"This bleeding disorder has caused huge issues my whole life. I have been told it's all in your head.”
“With regards to experiences with people around you, do you find it better to educate and help people get a grasp on what you/your child endures? Or are there times when the road must simply be walked alone?”
“How can I get these people to understand my fear? I have already come close to bleeding to death twice and really choose not to revisit it.”
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?