Have you ever felt that explaining your health challenge – whether fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus, ME/CFS, etc. – simply takes too much energy? It can really be a pain. There are times when I feel like explaining my health issues to others. Then there are the times when I don’t. Can you relate?
Today’s post is about an easy, no-pain way to explain your “invisible illness.” This refers to any type of chronic health challenge that ebbs and flows in flares. The intensity of symptoms experienced depends on any number of factors including the weather, personal stress levels, fatigue levels, and even upon what was consumed for lunch. So, how can you explain that?
Actually, I took the liberty of doing it for you. I recently wrote a post for ProHealth.com that does exactly what we’re talking about. It explains – in a succinct way – what causes chronic health challenges (also known as syndromes) and what’s important for others to know about the life we lead. It also shares what we’d like from them and how they can best support us.
To make it super-duper easy, the sweet peeps at ProHealth.com made this particular post downloadable as a neat and tidy PDF for simple sharing. Nifty, eh?
It’s my hope that you share this informative letter with others and spread the good news of encouraging healing education! (Don’t let the title fool you, it’s NOT just about fibromyalgia.)
Now, when someone asks you why you didn’t attend a recent graduation, why you flinch when they shake your hand, or even why you’re picky about what you eat, you can just say, “Read this!”
The exciting news continues ….
There’s already a lot of great buzz about using this letter as a helpful tool. While it’s intended to share our chronic illness experience with others, it’s helpful for everyone! Here’s a great comment I read yesterday on LinkedIn:
“Thank you so much for sharing!
This made more sense to me in the few minutes it took me to read it than what
20 years of doctors’ ‘explanations’ and diagnoses have.” – Tammy H.
I’ve got three questions for you:
Is it important to you that OTHERS understand what it’s like to live with a chronic health challenge?
Is it important that YOU understand it enough to be able to explain it?
Are you ready to learn more about chronic health?
Just follow TWO steps:
1 – Click on the link above to read the letter and download the PDF for your own use.*
2 – Come back to this blog to help support this community. Comment below on how YOU plan to use this tool to share this vital information!
I’ll see you below!
*(This letter is free to share for personal use. Any commercial use requires the author’s signed permission and attribution.)