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:
“As a caregiver for others forever, I didn't get the care I needed. Now that hubby is no longer with me, I'm going to be a tad selfish and put myself first in all things when possible.”
"Strange things are happening...actually wrote a truthful post this morning, watched my language too."
"Struggling to be honest. Think I need a new inhaler."
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?