1) You Should Have More Faith
- By telling me that you are exercising too much faith that I will not smack you in the face. Faith isn’t a fix-all substance. If having faith meant you never had any problems then there would be no need for you to have faith.
2) You Should Get More Exercise
- You should exercise your brain more–out of the two of us, who do you think knows better what my body can handle and what is appropriate for it?
3) A Couple Germs Aren’t Gunna Kill You
- Probably they won’t, you’re right. But they have a very good chance of making me very sick. And if your “harmless” germs make me very sick then they might just end up killing you, albeit in a roundabout way.
4) So When Are You Going To Be Better?
- Please visit a dictionary entry for the word “chronic.” You also might want to stop by the term “genetic” and perhaps try a google search for “how to have a filter.”
5) You Should Try *Insert Diet Here* I’ve Heard It Heals Every Health Problem Ever
- No. Just. No. I can’t do this with you right now–ever.
6) You Need To Gain Some Weight
- Would if I could, next. But also, did you know that it’s possible to be insensitive about someone’s weight even if they’re not fat?
7) I Could Never Deal With That
- I can often never deal with a paper or other school assignment…until the night before it’s due and then I have no choice, and somehow I always manage to face what I couldn’t the day before. Either I face it, or I fail. And I really can’t face failing.
8) You Should Just Try Getting Up Earlier
- For someone who has chronic illness, getting more tired does not automatically equate to getting more/better sleep. It does often lead, however, to getting sick or having a flare.
9) You Should Come/Should’ve Come
- I promise you that you are not fun enough to merit a migraine, a virus, an infection, etc. If I felt like I could go (and wanted to), I would.
10) You’re Too Young To… Feel Like That, Be That Sick, Be That Lame, etc.
- Oh thank goodness! I’ll just inform my body of that and then it will realize its error and poof magically into alignment with your views of what it means to be young.
If you’re wondering what you CAN say to a zebra then try this:
If they confide in you about their illness say those two magic words–
If they don’t then just treat them like a normal person!… Sick people are also just, well, people.