I was at the pharmacy today, waiting in line, feeling just fine, when I was suddenly doubled over with a cramp. A lot of them I can ignore and just move through. This one I could not. I clutched my middle, took a deep breath, and did my best to straighten up. The woman in line behind me was maybe 30 years old, and she was quite concerned, asking me if I was alright. I told her that I was fine. She kept asking over and over if I was sure. By that point, I really WAS fine. It had gone as quickly as it had come.
I suppose I should have just kept insisting that I was fine and not tried to reassure her via elaboration. However, I did not. I said, “I have endometriosis, so the pains come and go a lot, but I really am alright.” That reassured her alright. She replied, “Oh endometriosis. That’s nothing right? That’s just a bad period right? I get those. I know what that’s like, girl.” Oh okay then. Well good. I didn’t say anything else once she was reassured that I was fine because endometriosis is “nothing”, but I seethed all the way home.
This is what I SHOULD have said:
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