How Much to Share

Individuals who are living with chronic illness often wrestle with the question of how much to disclose to others about their specific health challenges. If symptoms are predominantly undetectable, this issue is even more problematic.

Obviously, others aren’t interested in hearing all of the intimate details about one’s specific health challenges. Nevertheless, it’s important to not assume that others are completely disinterested in how one is feeling at any given time.

Sometimes, it’s absolutely necessary to disclose one’s specific symptoms. One such example would be if physical symptoms were affecting one’s personal safety.

In the absence of disclosing specific symptoms, others may erroneously make conclusions about what is truly happening. For example, fatigue may affect one’s continued participation in any given activity. Without sharing the impact of dealing with fatigue, others may mistakenly assume that you’re simply not interested.

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