Lene Andersen explains:
"As a society, we have a norm, an average, and this determines how we react to each other. For instance, if you are having a meeting with your boss, showing up in ripped jeans and a cropped shirt is not likely to enhance your promotion chances. Adults are expected to work, couples are expected to marry and live in the same home, and we are all expected to say please and thank you. Not following those rules can bring censure by others and possibly societal stigmatization.
When you have a chronic illness, you find out that there are a whole lot of unspoken rules regarding health that you didn’t know about. Which makes sense — when you’re a healthy, able-bodied person, you’re not navigating those implicit commands of the chronic illness world we live in. Throughout September, we will be exploring what it’s like to be a rule breaker, the consequences we face, and how to cope."
I'd love to hear your comments about the rules you have now that you have a chronic illness, versus those pre-diagnosis:
- Do you have rules?
- Do other people have rules or expectations of you?
- How have either of them changed since your diagnosis?
- What happens if you break a rule? How do you feel?
- How has this impacted you, your loved ones, your colleagues, etc.?
Please feel free to email me to add your input.
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