What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.
One of the lessons I have had to learn the hard way is that sometimes no matter what you do to explain your disease some people will never get it. It’s something that over time I have had to learn to accept and just give up on with some people. There was a time in my life when people would say things to me like “it’s all in your head” or “it’s because you’re eating *insert food here*”, etc. and I would be so angry because they were so wrong! I had many fights trying to get close friends and family members to understand, but the hard truth is that some people never will.
I learned the hard way to just step aside and let them think whatever they want to think. It was difficult because I am so passionate about raising awareness on my disease and trying to get others to understand, but some people don’t want to understand. Some people will never get it no matter how many times you correct them. Sometimes these people will be people that are close to you and it will anger you even more because to you it’s important that they understand. In these cases you just have to give up and realize that it’s not worth getting upset over.
I still have people in my life that think Crohn’s disease is just a tummy ache.
Or that my surgery cured me.
Or that a medication that I am on is going to make it all go away.
On and on my list could go with annoying things that people think about me and my disease. All I can do is try and educate them but there comes a time when I realize that a certain person will just never get it and then I give up. It’s better that way.
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