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Talking About Illnesses

How many of you are comfortable talking about your illnesses with other people? In Finland people seem to have this weird habit of listing everything that's wrong with them, and then we have to top other people's problems. Hahaha, I have more issues than you! I know, we're a weird people.

I'd rather keep my mouth shut. I only tell people about my Meniere's disease if one or more of the following conditions are met:
  1. It's somehow relevant to the situation at hand
  2. I can offer information important to the other person because of my disease
  3. It somehow affects our interaction at the moment
  4. They ask
  5. It comes up naturally in a conversation, never forced 

I'm not ashamed to have Meniere's disease, nor will I ever apologize for it. I can't help that I have it. But I'm not comfortable talking about it just because. I'm not telling you about my disease to get sympathy points from you, because frankly, I don't need them. I'm also not seeking any attention with this - I get enough of that when I have to ask people to repeat themselves due to not being able to hear them the first time. And I have a feeling once I get my hearing aid, number 4 on that list will happen a lot. 

Even though talking about Meniere's disease is not my first choice of conversation topics, I don't mind talking about it. I'm happy to tell someone about it, who doesn't know about it, and I'm happy to fill in the blanks for someone who knows a little something. Asking is always better than making assumptions.

In light of my hearing problems I wanted to make sure Meniere's disease would get the attention it deserves. I'm only one person, but if writing this blog brings awareness to even a few people, then I've done my job :)

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