Ooh, tricky. It is difficult to judge when the time is right to tell someone you have a chronic illness. Whether it be a new boyfriend/girlfriend, a new boss, or that work colleague Sandra who always takes a handful of Digestives for her cuppa and never leaves any for you, it’s always hard to decide when to bite the bullet and just discuss what exactly is wrong with you.
I won’t lie, I’ve put myself through the wringer trying to tell someone I have Cystic Fibrosis. I think it’s that person’s initial reaction when I blurt it out that makes me the most anxious and nervous. Will they take it well? Will they just me you that pitiful head tilt and say “aw bless” or will they be an absolute bum fluff and ask me questions like “can you die from that?” (drawing from personal experience there).
Ok, picture this hypothetical situation in your head, or actually act it out if you so wish: you’re about to tell a complete stranger or someone you’ve only known for five minutes that you have an illness which is completely invisible to the naked eye. Hmm…when is the perfect time to tell this hypothetical person in this hypothetical situation? Here are some individual circumstances where you need to be Hunger Games brave when making someone aware of your illness:
A NEW PARTNER