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Telling White Lies

Posted on June 25, 2019

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:

“I really don't want to be this bitter anymore, I hate feeling like this. I'll be going to therapy as well soon but I feel as some change also has to come from within me as well.”

“Soon I will have to focus on finding another full-time job but I have to give myself a break. Thankfully my family is willing to help me live for a while.”

“On Saturday my husband and I had friends over, and I debuted my wig. I felt very self-conscious at first but then was able to forget about it and have a good time.”

Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings? 
What do you wish you could say instead?

Posted on June 25, 2019
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