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How do you handle unsolicited advice about your chronic illness?

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    • Bre19

      28d

      @neurospicey_diabetic so true

    • neurospicey_diabetic

      29d

      "thanks, but I prefer to listen to my medical team."

      • Bre19

        28d

        @neurospicey_diabetic so true

    • Michel

      38d

      Let them talk and you tell them thank you for their advice and move on

    • faerywyrm

      39d

      I just let them talk it out and tell them I'll think it over

    • TheCosmicStarSystem

      39d

      Let the other person Vent

      • Bre19

        28d

        @TheCosmicStarSystem fair

    • Jules78

      46d

      Let them vent and then never talk about it with them and if they presist don't talk to them ever again

    • Bre19

      47d

      I smile and nod my head

    • Overcomer

      50d

      Just smile and keep smiling and then say thank you. Afterwards I ignored

      • Bre19

        47d

        @Overcomer great idea

    • Fitness

      71d

      Responding "thanks, I will think about that." with a smile and walking away is a good option. You don't have to let them know whether you agree or disagree. You don't have to think about it much later if you don't want to.

      • Bre19

        47d

        @Fitness very true good way to approach this

    • Kittypop

      72d

      I don't respond to it.

      • Bre19

        47d

        @Kittypop it's sometimes the best thing you can do

    • Michel

      72d

      Say thank you and move on about your day

      • Bre19

        47d

        @Michel I do that a lot

    • isky

      72d

      I just let them say it, but don't really pay attention or take it seriously. The most frequent advice I get is yoga, though, and I can truthfully reply I've been doing gentle yoga for years, but thank you. If they are being extra rude with it, though, I've been known to use my Mom Voice and remind people to use manners.

    • Dpn78

      72d

      Depends how it's delivered 🤔 a nonjudgemental piece of advice I can take and say thank you and if there's time say what I think maybe harmful about it because the end of the day advice 99.9% of time comes from a good place and if I can influence what that person thinks in to a fact that based helpful way well that's a win as at some point in the future that person may be faced with a scenario whereby their actions could potentially save somebody's life. On the other hand if they're rude, judgemental or just downright rude I'd just smile and walkaway as helping someone who is 'always right' well I don't have enough hours in my day.

    • Mimika

      72d

      I would just explain to them that until they understand what someone with chronic pain is going through, they do not need to offer advice that is not going to help them

      • Ash.G

        48d

        @Mimika that is so true. I have a few teachers that have chronic disabilities as well and I find that they understand what I'm going through more than people that don't have a chronic disability/illness.

      • Bre19

        72d

        @Mimika yep

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