How to Help a Friend Who Has An Invisible Illness

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How do you help a friend who is chronically ill?

So frequently we hear what NOT to say. . . but here are some things that most people would like to hear. Sometimes it really is all about how you word it. Click the link below each graphic to find a short article explaining in more depth why this matters and how it can help a friend. If you would prefer to tweet these, we have a list all ready for you here.

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Read the article about I don’t know what to say but I care about you.

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Read the article about running errands.

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Read the article about venting.

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Read the article about it being ok to cry.

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Read the article about the power in the words “I admire you.”

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Read the article about helping with a meal.

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Read the article about helping out an ill mom.

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Read the article about helping with household chores.

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Read the article about how to pray for an ill friend.

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Read the article about helping a friend with housework.

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Read the article about how much it means to have a friend who listens.

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Read the article about creative ways to cheer up an ill friend.

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Read the article about how a church can help someone who is ill.

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Read the article to learn about better understanding what an ill friend is experiencing.

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Read the article about good etiquette when bringing meals.

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Read the article about making a difference in your conversation with an ill friend.

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Read the article about what an ill friend may appreciate more than anything.

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Read the article about awesome it is when someone just listens.

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Read the article about what a gift it is to help a friend with errands.

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Ask your friend about how they endure?

Spiritual? Ask them about God

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  • http://twitter.com/tstallone/status/239631478701555712/ Teresa Stallone (@tstallone)

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    I’m always asked the same questions. This might help http://t.co/lDgHXaJ4

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  • http://www.examiner.com/health-news-in-atlanta/deanna-brownlee Deanna Brownlee

    This is an immensely helpful guide. There are certain comments that people make that do more harm than good. Although they may be trying to help, people never seem to understand that we just want to vent and need a shoulder and a listening ear. Just a sympathetic hug would be nice, instead of the usual, “Well it would help if you exercise/eat better/get out more/stop stressing out so much/have a better attitude.” There are no words to sufficiently emphasize how angry those comments make me. There is just no excuse for saying those things – ever.

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  • http://twitter.com/RedShinyButton/status/297611600565768192/ @RedShinyButton

    do you know someone who suffers from #ChronicPain and dont know what to say to them? here might be some stuff http://t.co/D58o3BG8

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    What TO say to a friend with chronic illness, pain or fatigue. Please share http://t.co/DYCjxUkzSE

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  • chazah

    None of these helps me as I would actually like to know and see more of on Invisible illness sites etc… about how to cope when u are housebound and ill and completely friendless, as over the years friends, church, and neighbours have all stopped visiting. How do u cope when you have been abandoned by all?? I do have my wonderful husband and son at home but they can only do so much. There seems to be none to so little care/compassion and visits here in South Africa to those who used to be church members and suddenly struck with illness. They might visit once or twice but never continue to keep visiting. I never receive a call, card, flowers, some cooked food, frozen dinner, help with some chores, errands, grocery shopping, etc…. I am openly friendly, warm, and a loving person who misses desperately the interaction of my friends, and prayer time with them. When I was still quite mobile we went to church twice every Sunday and other gatherings for over 25yrs!! Where are ‘ALL’ the people, friends, pastors, elders that we knew so well… where have they gone? My husband and I tried to keep in contact with them thru emails, social sites etc… even inviting them for meals. They would turn up for the meal, enjoy the evening, then we had to do all the work of trying to keep communication with them… it does not work! Its as if they came to us when it was a ‘free meal’ and they didn’t have to cook!! We just cannot believe how selfish and uncaring and fickle ppl are. We have no other relatives in this country its just us three. We spend every Christmas and holiday on our own… we feel like we live on a desert Island abandoned by all!

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