Friends and family are super important in your adventures with chronic illness—good relationships can sustain you through hard times, while poor ones can make everything a little bit harder. Many spoonies say that when they first got sick, they learned exactly who their real friends were very quickly. That being said, even the best of friends and the most well-meaning of family members will need a little help in order to best help you.
One of the most important things, you’ll find, is the ability to clearly state what you need. This can be hard (especially if you’ve never needed to negotiate in your relationships), but it’s absolutely worth the trouble. Being able to discuss your needs requires two steps: [Read more…]