Having a chronic illness is enough of a roller coaster ride in itself. Adding all of the extra emotional turmoil just gives you that much more to deal with. And I'm not going to lie - it gets tough sometimes. We all go through the different stages of how to deal with the more difficult people and situations that we encounter. And like it or not, sometimes we can't help but be a little snarky and sarcastic.
I came across a couple of pictures going around on Facebook this week. And I'm going to share them, because they made me laugh, but I have to share them with a caveat. The first thing is that people in constant pain have to be able to laugh, and sometimes the irony of what we deal with is as good of an excuse as any. So when you see things like this, appreciate them for what they are, and laugh.
But at the same time, remember that the sarcasm serves a purpose, but should not be used as a guide for your outlook on life. And sure, if you've never been there that may seem like it should go without saying. But trust me when I say that when you're in constant pain, bitterness and sarcasm can start to seem like a very valid lifestyle choice.
For when you're dealing with the people who completely understand your pain because they once got a paper cut:
And for when you're dealing with those people who insist that there's obviously nothing wrong with you:
So there you are. Appreciate the humor. Snark now and then if you have to. Just try not to let it control you.