Stop Calling Me Brave and Let Me Feel My Pain

Stop Calling Me Brave and Let Me Feel My Pain

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Stop Calling Me Brave and Let Me Feel My Pain

Living with a serious long-term illness can desensitize us to our own suffering. I often find I experience a reality check when I tell other people about my diagnosis and what it means for me, and then hear their reaction. People often describe chronically ill and disabled people as “resilient” or “brave.” They tend to glorify and romanticize the ability to have a casual, stoic attitude toward the things we experience. And while it’s true that…

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