One of the conversations I have most often with my clients is about situations in which they are not being listened to. Ignored. Sidelined. Treated as if they are invisible. Feeling left to suffer with their chronic pain alone. In a word: marginalized. And keep in mind that that the result of being marginalized can leave you feeling isolated. They experience marginalization in all areas of their lives, at home, at work, at school. And in the offices of their healthcare providers. Check out an article I recently posted for help if you are feeling marginalized. https://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/are-people-in-your-life-making-you-feel-marginalized-heres-help/
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Dr. Gary McClain
Chronic Communication ℠
Counseling and Workshops
Questions? Ask Dr. Gary
Q: I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and I am really trying to face up to this condition and maintain my independence. But there are days when I know I need help. My family is telling me that I am being stubborn when all I am trying to do is be a Fighter. When is it time to ask for help?
A: Fighters may have a reputation as the ideal role models but they aren’t always good at seeking out support unless someone shows them how much worse things will be if they don’t.
Fighters often view themselves as so in control of their situation that they can handle every...