Minor rant – words have degrees of meaning

By | November 24, 2005

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I understand that being newly diagnosed there is a grief process each and every person goes through. Some go quickly to the end which is acceptance. Others kick and scream and, well, scream some more.

This is normal. Expected even.

But please, for the love of everything holy, don’t get hung up on comparisons. If someone says they’re exhausted don’t tell them they don’t know exhaustion until they’ve been smacked with MS fatigue. They are exhausted. They aren’t as whacked by it as you are. That is a given. But don’t belittle what these people in your life feel.

It’s a matter of degrees. Open your heart and your mind, pull yourself out of your pity hole and realize that these people are bloody entitled to use words like fatigue and pain.

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