The physical pain of a chronic illness is bad enough, but there’s a lot of emotional pain involved as well. A good amount of this is caused by remarks made by other people. Sometimes this is well-meaning (but uninformed) and other times it’s more malicious. After almost a decade with the disease, I’ve come up with some personal tactics to deal with these.
Read about them here: www.rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/sticks-and-stones-arent-the-only-things-that-hurt/