Thursday, June 27, 2013
Why So Public?
Another reason is the feedback I get from people around me. It's amazing what happens when you share your own difficulties. People come out of the woodwork with similar stories. Often people you would never expect. I find this particularly beneficial in two ways. First, when I'm in the thick of the issue it's so helpful to talk to people who have been through it already. They provide perspective, insight, tips, support, encouragement and they make me feel so much less alone. On the other side, when I talk about past problems and hear from people who are currently going through a similar situation, I can be the one providing all of the above. I remember once being at a specialist appointment (have had so many, can't remember which one) and I was going over my medical history and medications with the nurse prior to seeing the doctor. She questioned one of my medications and I told her all about it. She suddenly blurted out "Oh my god! I have the same problem! I didn't know anything could be done about it?!?" We ended up talking for like 20 minutes while I filled her in completely and she intended to make an appointment with her own doctor to discuss it.