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Telling White Lies

Updated on June 26, 2019

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:

“So many people just don't understand you can't always do everything you use to.”

“God I wish I didn’t need to go thru this. Some days I’m dealing OK. And some days I’m not.”

“I cannot tell you how much stress I have in my life with family, and for some reason, they seem to point the finger at me that I have problems.”

Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?

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