Aches & Pains, Growing Older, Playing Sports, Arthritis
Jessica Tanner is a Marketing Director from Katy, Texas with a specialty in personal branding and customer centricity. Jessica pursued an athletic scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where she graduated with honors in 2012 after obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and minors in Communication and Sports Administration. Her research interests concentrate on athletics, developing youth, and family values. In addition to her creative contributions to EncourageX, Jessica spends her time mentoring and coaching fastpitch softball players and volunteering.
They Might Be Thinking:
My pain is not the same as your achy knees.
There are so many things I would love to be doing, but I just can't.
I'm not lazy; I'm hurting!
I'm not faking it!
Just because you can't see the pain, doesn't mean it isn't there.
There is no cure.
The fatigue is so overwhelming.
I wish you would try to be more understanding.
I would do anything to make this pain go away.
I don't know what else to try... I feel like I've tried everything!
It takes me so much longer to get going in the morning than it used to.
The mornings are so painful that most of the time I wish I never had to get out of bed.
This "apply heat and apply cool" routine is getting very old.
My joint pain is affecting every aspect of my life, even my productivity at work.
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
It sounds like the pain is really bad today. Is there any way I can help?
Do you want to take a break? I could use a quick rest.
You are doing an amazing job of handling the pain.
I’d like to see you. How does a movie night sound?
I was doing some research on joint pain and arthritis so I can better understand what you’re going through. Are there any sites or articles you’d recommend?
I’m headed to the grocery store. Is there anything I can pick up for you?
I know how hard you're trying, and you're doing such a great job.
Let's take it easy today. We could both use some R&R.
I'd love to visit with you. Would you like to grab a bite to eat?
Suggest activities that involve minimal effort and movement, such as movies, dinner, meeting for coffee, etc.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
You just need more exercise.
It would probably help if you lost some weight.
My friend had joint pain and cured it with [insert any supplement of your choice]. You should try that.
Those painkillers are so dangerous.
Aren't you feeling better yet? It seems like it's been quite a while.
You sure don't look hurt.
Maybe you should change up your diet.
Are you sure it's not all in your head?
You're too young to be having joint pain.
I know someone with joint pain and it's way worse than yours.
Yeah, I know what you are going through. My knees are always hurting.
You're being a hypochondriac.
Maybe you just slept on it wrong.
It's probably just stress getting the better of you.
It could be much worse... it's not like it will kill you.
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