This board has gotten so big I can't keep up. Better late then never.
Very good article and I wish everyone would read it. The two that struck me the most is #1 "I get tired too". I would also add, "It's hard having three kids". These type of comments cause more irritation then out right anger. Why wouldn't they think we are just tired? We do have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The one that really makes me angry is #10 when they just say "nothing". This is the one I usually get and not only is it infuriating but this comment makes me feel invisable. Keep writing Jody.
Just got around to reading this brilliant article. The one that defeats me totally is when they seem willing to listen and you pour your heart out and when you're finished, they invite you to a party or ask where you went on vacation.
You certainly find out who the shallow people are in your world and who has depth.
But probably the most hurtful is the one where people tell you to pray. I don't know many who have not experienced a full-fledged dark night(s) of the soul with this illness. who haven't prayed or sought God or some spiritual truth.
And the next person who tells me to soak in a sea salt bath and I'll feel better is going to get an earfull.