How to Help a Friend Who Has An Invisible Illness

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

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    This is a great, great article. I am going to share this one. I have wanted to get this support or have gotten this support from friends and family. This post is a great thing to pass along to show how needs can be met.

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