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:
"I know that I'll feel crappy when the time comes for treatment, but the watching and waiting often gets me down. Trying to be optimistic!"
"I'm glad there is a group for support. It's difficult to go through this alone. Some family members just don't understand the scars this disease leaves behind."
"I really don’t have any friends. I have isolated myself because I just don’t feel like anyone understands me. Lost sometimes."
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?