Friday, 15 June 2012

This Person is a Compulsive Liar
It's confession time. I'm a compulsive liar and a con artist.  To be fair, however, so are most people with lupus or similar chronic conditions.

Take the following situations for example:

Situation: Someone says: "How are you?"
My answer (lie): "Fine."
Truth: Everything hurts, getting out of bed this morning was so tiring that I need a nap to get over it and my head is aching.

Situation: Someone says: "Hey, I like your new hair colour."
My answer (half-truth): "Thanks I love this colour."
Truth: Plaquenil strips the colour from hair - so my hair grows translucent. The see-through roots make me look bald unless I re-dye my hair regularly.

Situation: Someone says: "You look good."
My answer (evading the issue): "Thank you."
Truth: I look good because I used up half the energy I have available for the day in very carefully applying make-up so I don't look like Dracula's sister.

Situation: Someone asks: "Do you need help?"
My answer (flagrant lie): "No, I've got it under control."
Truth: Yes, I need help. I am too proud/independent/stubborn/pig-headed/choose your own adjective  to accept it. I will make myself sick trying to take care of things myself before I accept someone else's help.

Situation: Someone says: "That colour you're wearing really brings out your eyes."
My answer (half-truth): "Thanks, maybe I should wear it more often."
Truth: That low-grade fever I always have is a bit higher than usual, and as a consequence I have really glassy eyes.

So there it is. I am a liar. I constantly try to con the people around me and about half the time I get away with it. But before you go throwing stones, if you're a lupus patient, I bet you've told a few half-truths or blatant lies yourself.


  1. That’s really funny. December 2011 I was diagnosed with Lupus. Now I have a lovely cocktail of pills I take every day. I’m 25 but feel considerably older. I don’t look like I used to either, got the moon face and the buffalo hump that comes from taking prednisone. Good thing that’s only temporary though, if I’m able to taper off of the prednisone, fingers crossed. Anyhoo just thought I’d let you know that your post put a smile on my face. We are liars. Good luck, have a good day,

    1. Hi Adrianna,
      I hope you are able to taper off the prednisone without any ill-effects! I'm glad I made you smile.


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