Friday, 26 June 2015

25 Things To Say To Someone With A Chronic Condition

We often see posts relating to what NOT to say to someone with a chronic condition. 

Here are a few suggestions of things which most people with a chronic condition would like to hear.

Obviously they won't cure the condition, but they can help the person.
  1. Is there anything I can do to help?
  2. I'm always here if you want to chat.
  3. Would you like me to take the kids this afternoon so you can rest?
  4. Do you feel up to a visit.....I'll bring dinner?
  5. Don't worry about housework. I'm here to see you.
  6. If you ever want some moral support for doctors visits, just ask and I will come along with you.
  7. We don't have to talk, I just want to keep you company.
  8. I’ve brought chocolate.
  9. I don't know exactly how you feel, but I can imagine it's horrible to deal with.
  10. Do you have any reading material about your condition, as I'd really like to learn a bit more so I can understand more.
  11. Is there anywhere you'd like to go...I can take you? I know you can't drive much these days.
  12. Remember that movie you wanted to see, but you weren't able to go to the cinema? I've got it on DVD. Would you like me to bring it round tonight?
  13. Write me a grocery list and I will go collect it for you.
  14. I know you’re on your own a lot....if you want some company, I can visit anytime.
  15. If you’re feeling down, I am a good listener.
  16. I remembered how much you loved my chocolate cake, so I made one for you this morning.
  17. When you have to cancel arrangements at the last minute, I'll understand.
  18. Would you like me to take your dog for some nice long walks? I know you're not up to doing that just now.
  19. What is it like for you, living with a chronic condition?
  20. Don't feel you need to pretend to me about how you are feeling. You're my if you want to vent about it, I'm here to listen.
  21. I can't pretend to understand how you are feeling, but I do have empathy.
  22. I'll not be offended if you say you can't talk, you need to rest or that you're not in the mood for company.
  23. Try not to get stressed about Christmas, birthdays and other special events....I can help you. Please just ask.
  24. Call me. Call me any time you need me.
  25. I’ve brought more chocolate...