By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.
When a person posts about their illness on Facebook, oftentimes the hardest parts comes after you click “post” — waiting to see how your friends will react. They might not respond at all, or they might offer “cures” or judgment. Or, they just might give you some words of encouragement and support, or be inspired to do their own research on your condition. Too often, people may just seem to not know what to say at all.
We asked our Mighty community to share some of the unexpected reactions they’ve gotten to a Facebook post they wrote about their illness. Not every post is accompanied by thoughtful, kind comments, so if you’ve been disappointed by your friends’ responses, know you aren’t alone. On the other hand, some people have had some unexpectedly positive interactions that led to more understanding and awareness.
Here’s the thing: If you want to post about your illness, do it! No one has the right to make you feel like your thoughts and experiences aren’t worthy of sharing. Let these responses show you what some people have experienced — then you can decide what’s right for you.
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