Feb 05, 2012 - 8:29 am
I was watching a show on TV, where a sick person was featured. They spent a good portion of the feature praising how well she dealt with her multiple illness' and "never once complained about her pain."
Why do we prize suffering in silence so much? Yes we can deal with pain gracefully but do we have to do it in silence? I posed my question to my husband and he responded with "Well, no one likes a whiner." Highly insensitive of him and hypocritical as he had been at home with the flu for a couple of days. He sounded like a wounded animal each time something hurt and utterly refused to heed my suggestions on how to deal with his pain.
I responded kind of snappishly with, "I'd like to see all the people who don't want to hear a whiner, deal with that type of pain!" Seriously, we hurt...this is no minor pain. We have mental anguish that goes with it. Why should we have to suffer in silence?
Silence is what has kept a lot of us from getting diagnosed early. Silence has cost people their lives.