I Believe You: Three Powerful Words For The Chronically Ill

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By Laura Chamberlain in Laura’s Pen.

 

Sometimes, you feel alone in your suffering and misunderstood. Sometimes, all you need is someone to say they believe you…

I believe you. Those are three very powerful words.

When I put together my post on what you SHOULD say to your chronically ill friend, I received an email from Noa of the Memi Philosophy who suggested this simple phrase.

I didn’t include it. Not because it didn’t fit, but because it both required some context and was so powerful it inspired me to write a whole post about it.

First the context:

Saying I believe you at the wrong time could be extremely patronising.

For example, if, when I came out of my laparoscopic surgery and was diagnosed with Endometriosis, you had said: “I believe you,” I would be more than a bit pissed off

BUT. At the right time, those three words could bring someone back from the brink of despair.

 

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