“Just Be Positive!” Toxic Positivity, ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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By  in Health Rising. 

 

In the face of a chronic illness, our friends and family can resort to simple solutions: just try and be positive they might advise. Look on the bright side. Focus oun what you can do. It’s not bad advice, but it often comes across as out of place and hurtful for someone with a chronic illness like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).

The truth is that you can’t experience real joy or peace on top of misery. You can’t make cotton candy out of pain.  Only by acknowledging and accepting the pain, the lost dreams, the embarrassments, the anxieties and fears – large and small –  only by allowing all of them to be – is it possible to find peace and real joy in the midst of a chronic illness.

 

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