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How to Read a Newspaper

How do you feel when you hear that someone with your same condition has gotten well?
This blogger explores the honest thoughts and feelings she and so many of us experience when a fellow Spoonie recovers.
I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I did:

Tips for ME

Scenario: we read a newspaper article about someone who’s found an instant cure from (insert Spoonie condition of your affliction) after a relatively short amount of time. Our initial reaction probably includes some combination of these thoughts:

  • They were never ill in the first place.

  • They were ill but it’s not true that they are now well.

  • They can’t have had what I have.

  • It’s true that they recovered but for a different reason.

  • It’s great that they found a way to get well.

  • If I try that will it work for me?

  • I’ve been ill much longer, I’d know if that works.

  • Why have I been ill so long? It’s not fair.

  • The newspaper has got it wrong.

I think these reactions could do with some unpacking.

They were never ill in the first place.

After we’ve got over our initial reaction this thought is probably the easiest to kill…

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