Never in my life have I had to encounter so many assumptions, made by so many people, who have absolutely NO ideas of what I do and what I go through, until now.
I call these assumptions the ‘mustn’t be’ diagnosis, or MB’s for short.
For example, I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said the following;
You mustn’t be eating the right food
You mustn’t be drinking enough
You mustn’t be exercising enough
You mustn’t be taking your meds
You mustn’t be positive enough
You mustn’t be stable emotionally
You mustn’t be trying hard enough
You mustn’t be really that sick
You mustn’t be in that much pain
It is truly sad that people’s first reaction is doubt and suspicion. Yet there are over 150 million Autoimmune sufferers world wide.
The MB’s out there make living with chronic illness a harder challenge, and it takes time and a lot of their noise, to build up a resistance to their effects. But it can be done.
By remembering and honoring myself and my struggles to date, I am reminded that the MB’s are just a product of ignorance and a lack of compassion. But it’s not my (or your) failing.
Every time I overcome their words or their predictable comments, I know that I mustn’t be doing too badly!