Disease Awareness Envy: Why it’s Easier Socially to Have Certain Illness than Others

Pretty much everyone who has a chronic illness has thought this at one point or another during the course of their illness. Most people don’t understand or say “No, don’t say that” or “You don’t mean that”, but, unfortunately, it’s true.

We have disease envy! 

Great read from an extremely talented blogger, so I figured I would share.

Anyway, here’s the link:

Source: Disease Awareness Envy: Why it’s Easier Socially to Have Certain Illness than Others

5 thoughts on “Disease Awareness Envy: Why it’s Easier Socially to Have Certain Illness than Others

  1. CJ says:

    Thanks for posting that, and thanks for following my scribblings! I can’t tell you the number of times when people asked why I was ill and I said Parvovirus… they said ‘Isn’t that a dog disease?’. Well yes, yes it is, but um do I look like a dog? Do you think I am telling you I have a disease that only dogs can get? Do you think you’re pointing out something I am missing?? It got funny in the end but then I stopped telling people and told them glandular fever because people have a frame of reference for that. People need labels to comprehend.
    But all told I only have a few people around me who get it, or even if they don’t they are just accepting me as I tell them I am. It comes down to acceptance.

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    • Undiagnosed Warrior says:

      No problem. Having lived undiagnosed for over 20 years and only recently started getting answers, I know how lonely and frustrating it can be when other people don’t understand. That’s why I love wordpress and other social media to connect with those that do 🙂

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