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 try to walk around my farm for exercise, but the weight gain from all the steroid shots has made it hard. Stopping all steroids, and gotta lose this weight one way or another.”
“I enjoyed visiting family. I try not to let them know how I’m feeling. I don’t want them feeling sorry for me.”
“I am accused all the time that I am just choosing not to get out and do anything.”
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?