Boy, do we have some fantastic responses to this prompt. We have enjoyed reading every single one of them as each of them is very different, many bring up points of view that we do not hear often or haven’t thought about ourselves, and we can relate to each and every post.
“But you’re too young.”
Pollyanna Penguin patiently educates those who tell her that their granny cured arthritis with a big bowl of cereal and milk everyday.
Little Miss Autoimmune has a hysterical write-up on how she feels hearing statements like this and makes the interesting point that perhaps people say this because they just don’t know what to say.
Life With RA Is a Pain writes about the lasting impact this type of response has had on her.
Figment of Fitness writes about how she even misunderstood RA when diagnosed, immediately thinking “but I’m too young!”
Getting Closer to Myself writes about the dichotomy of being 28 years old but feeling world’s older than her friends because of the premature aging she feels from living with autoimmune arthritis.
All Flared Up describes how inane responses such as these upset her.
Chronically Mommy discusses her personal story of how the “but you’re too young” is even shared by certain medical professionals, which can delay a proper diagnosis.
Inspired by Ankylosing Spondylitis tells us her process for educating people who don’t understand; stay calm and engage with fact.
WarmSocks gives us a great example of how discussing myths directly can turn into a great conversation in the most unexpected places.
My Body is Losing Its Mind tells us about how coworkers responded with this phrase while she was trying to find the correct diagnosis and how, as a young person, it affected her career goals.
Many thanks to all who participated; we will be posting information on our second blog carnival in the next 24 hours.
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