People living with chronic pain and chronic illness face a daily battle and really benefit from receiving support from their community. However, if you aren’t a medical provider and you haven’t experienced chronic illness yourself, it can be challenging to know how to offer support. When illness and symptoms persist for a long time and people face an uncertain future, it can be challenging to know what to say. To this end, I have created some resources with suggestions on how to offer support.
Each person is unique and will respond to these differently, but this is a good place to start. The statements offered are simply examples and you should adjust your language to suit the person’s situation and to honor your relationship to this person.
What else could someone say or do to help you when you are struggling?