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Top 5 List: What to Say to a Chronically Ill Person

There is a huge difference between empathy and sympathy. Which are you getting? When you’re sick, a lot of people are trying desperately to say the right thing, but just fumble. Friends and family can mean well, but can say things that sting like daggers. Being chronically ill breaks our culture’s espoused strong and independent ideal, which can make it even more uncomfortable for others to acknowledge…