Imagine hearing someone say the following and instead of listening to understand them, you made it about yourself by trying to “fix” the situation. You struggle with knowing they are in pain, to the point that your discomfort with their pain, outweighs your empathy for their pain.
“I’d like to eat without pain or allergy or without having to calculate the impact of the meal/snack on my blood sugar. I’d like to pee less and without pain. I’d like to sleep peacefully, without nightmares and through a full night. I’d like to sit or lie down without pain. I’d love to walk and predict that I can make it back with minimal/ no pain.
Then I hear people saying to just be grateful and how much gratitude they have. Kinda don’t feel grateful when in pain 24/7 and don’t really feel like apologizing for not being grateful for torture.”