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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:
"This is a lonely condition, I feel so self-conscious with my straggly thin hair and patches visible behind ears, I don't socialize. That's being truthful."
"No one will question why am covered up and no one can see that I’m hiding something."
“I asked for a day off this week, hoping the rest will get my immune system to chill. So I have tomorrow off. I'm looking forward to that."
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?