Do you have a friend or family member with a chronic illness and you’d like to get them a Christmas gift that will really be of use to them? Here’s a few ideas…..
I’m sure you’ve read the fact that the majority of lupus patients are between 15 and 45. This is correct, but lupus can develop at any age and can affect men and children too. Doctors may dismiss lupus if the patient falls outside the 15 to 45 age range and this may lead to even further misdiagnosis.
One of the things people say most often when they see you is ‘how are you’, an innocent enough question to most people, but when you have a chronic illness are they asking exactly how you are or just being polite? How many people want the full low down of how we’re actually feeling?
My stock answer, even with people I know well, is ‘Oh I’m fine thanks’ and I’d be pretty sure a lot of other people with chronic illnesses are saying the same thing. So why do we give this answer?