I Believe You: Three Powerful Words For The Chronically Ill




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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