3 Things the Chronically Ill Wish Their Loved Ones Knew

Author: Toni Bernhard
Date Published: May-2014
Source: Psychology Today

Perhaps this piece should be written entirely in the first person because it reflects what I want my loved ones (by whom I mean family and close friends) to know about me. These are the people who’ve done so much for me, and I’m deeply grateful. I simply want them to know a few things about how I feel. Because I’ve been hanging out online for over a dozen years with other people who are chronically ill, I feel comfortable speaking for all of us here. I recognize that when it comes to chronic pain and illness…and loved ones, one size doesn’t fit all (as is true with all things in life), but here’s what I think most of us want our loved ones to know about us.