Suggestion for educating non-CHers from a 15 year old...

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Posted by Monique ( on February 19, 2000 at 12:27:38:

In Reply to: Can't even talk about it. posted by Jeremy on February 19, 2000 at 10:48:50:

My 15 year old was having a really tough time of it with friends not understanding. Also my husbands co-workers as well as family members were giving my husband and I the same inaine responses. Our daughter read the posts on the home page and asked me to print them off then brought them to school and handed them out to thoose that were giving her a hard time. We found that these work the best since they are real stories and real feelings from fellow sufferers and supporters as opposed to medical and clinical explainations. It worked wonders and for only the select few that were still not "getting it" she printed off the picture on the last page of Drummers website. This is of a guy with his head up his a$$. She told those people, something like it would be a good idea to take thier heads out of there and realize that there it a world out here that doesn't revolve around themselves and that compassion and understanding should not be an option but a necessity. We then did the same for family, friends and co-workers, and have had wonderful results. I highly recommend our daughters approach as I know it has help alot. Sometimes it's pretty selfish and self obsorbed to expect people to be understanding and compassionate when you don't give all the information. Hiding don't help guys. I know it's embarassing but get over it and put out a hand when you need help, you might be pleasently surprised where the help may come from.
Just one womans opinion!
Love Monique

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