Faking an illness is not nearly as easy as people think, it actually takes a lot of time and preparation. Before you undertake this project, here’s a few tips to keep in mind.
1.Make sure you pick a real illness
Don’t pick a fake illness like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, or Lyme Disease. because people will never believe you. Make sure it’s well known enough that people have heard of it, but it also has to be difficult to diagnose. If it can be confirmed by a blood test, pick something else with more ambiguity. Plus, there’s already too many people out their faking Fibromyalgia, you’ll have too much competition.
2. To be authentic, make sure you stop doing everything that makes you happy.
If you like doing anything athletic, you’re going to have to give it up because most people with chronic illness have severe limitations. Also if you’re really smart you’re going to have to dumb it down a little, because a lot of people with chronic illness suffer from mental fatigue and difficulty processing information. You’ll have to dumb down your reading a bit as well, as concentrating when you have a chronic illness can often be difficult.
You’ll have to cut down on the shopping because people with chronic illness often can’t leave the house, and chronic illness is expensive so you shouldn’t have much money anyway. If you’re going for authenticity make sure you cancel all your plans at the last minute to make it look like you’re actually sick. Real sick people often try to make plans, but then their body doesn’t end up cooperating.
3. Get rid of your friends
Pare down your friends list. People with chronic illness often lose friends when they get uncomfortable with illness or just lose touch when the sick person falls out of sight. To really be authentic you’re going to have to let go of some friendships or no one is going to believe you. You might get lucky and have some friends that stick around after you drop out from society, but if you give it time they may eventually go away.
4. Increase how often you go to the doctor
People with chronic illness have to make regular doctor appointments. If they are on any pain medication they have to go every thirty days, so you’re really going to have to step it up. Be aware that this increase in seeing the doctor is going to cost you several hundred dollars a month. You will also have to spend your whole day waiting, so be prepared. Additionally, as most people with chronic illness are exhausted by day long appointments, make sure you spend the next few days at home “recovering.”
Also, don’t forget that doctors regularly label people with chronic pain as addicts, so be prepared to be treated like a worm. You’ll have to pretend to be upset when all your ailments are ignored in the face of the accusation that you’re an addict. Additionally, be prepared to be harassed by your insurance company and your pharmacist. Because of all the fakers out there pharmacists now have more power than doctors, so be prepared to act upset when a pharmacist uses their new power to deny you medication. Don’t worry though since you’re really only faking it’s not your life they are trying to destroy.
5. Sometimes you will have to fake being well.
Most people with chronic illness fake being healthy on a regular basis so you’re going to have to be very mindful of your behavior. You must fake having a chronic illness while faking being well at certain times. You’ll have to very organized and on task to do this because for real sick people this takes up a lot of their time and energy. Keep in mind that this will be a difficult tight rope to walk, so it’s only for the accomplished faker.
I hope I’ve been able to provide you with a few tips that will send you on your way to being an accomplished faker, because as we all know lots of people like to fake chronic illness to get their jollies. Best of luck!