I’m currently feeling very alone. I’m the only person in my family with RA and my parents think it’s my fault and that it can be cured. My dad asked me today: Now what’s the doctors plan to get rid of this? How can you make it go away permanently? They don’t understand what chronically ill means, they don’t understand that it’ll never go away. To me it seems like they’re in denial. When I try to explain they say no it’s because I’m overweight and lazy and that I don’t exercise which is not true. I literally just got sick last year in August with a high fever and pain in my joints and it never got better. How is it my fault that I’m sick? Please explain to me how do you deal with people’s comments? They judge without even knowing the full story. I don’t know how to explain it to them more than I did already. RA makes me very depressed and not having support from my family isn’t making it easier to live with this illness. I’m considering just printing an article about RA off the internet and giving it to them to read so they’ll get an idea, but I don’t know. I’m just feeling so isolated. I just wish people had more empathy. Society doesn’t care about the chronically ill. I’m being pushed aside, hidden in the background. Really, people can be so ignorant.
How do I get my parents to understand RA? : I’m... - NRAS
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