... when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, my mother didn’t hesitate to believe that something was wrong. She was there for me and supported me through the process. There was no instruction to use “mind over matter.” I’m very fortunate in that those around me do not doubt when I say that I don’t feel well.
But not everybody has family members who truly try to understand their disease and accept reports of their experience at face value. Unfortunately, my mother faced a lack of understanding, empathy, and support from family members when she was diagnosed with lupus.
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Mind Over Matter: When Family Members Do Not Believe You Are Sick