I’ve learned from experience that if someone asks about my health and I try to share more than one diagnosis with them, 90% of the time their eyes glaze over and they either change the subject or walk away. And it’s not because they don’t care about me or the state of my body…they just get overwhelmed and their brains switch gears on them without them realizing or meaning to, and then they move on.
And I get it. Even I can’t remember everything that’s wrong with my body without the help of medical logs and treatment checklists. It really is a huge, confusing, mess! But I’ve found that if I share too little, people think I’m basically healthy…which I totally am not. And if I share too much, people get overwhelmed and they end up retaining very little of our conversation.
Both options are pretty discouraging for me, but what’s the most discouraging is that there usually isn’t a “happy medium” that I can share in between the two. When “too little” is me sharing 1 diagnosis, and “too much” is me trying to share 2, that doesn’t leave much of a space for a middle ground…So what’s a sick girl to do??
Well, I’ve been doing some thinking and I came up with something to try! It may not be effective for everyone, but all I’m looking for right now is something more effective than usual. Hehe. And if I can manage that, then it’s a huge success 😉
So here’s what I’m going to try: Since too little isn’t a great route, and since too much isn’t either, I decided that this time around I’ll try doing both. First, I’ll write a blog post sharing a list of all my health updates and new diagnoses all in one place, and that’s it. I won’t be talking details or treatment or any of that stuff until future posts where I’ll try to write more bite-sized updates about each diagnosis individually. Hopefully that will allow me to share a more accurate health update than I’m normally able to, while making the information easy for everyone to swallow at the same time.
So let’s give this a shot and see how it goes, shall we? 🙂