This is especially true when I am in the middle of a flare. I will always say "I'm fine" because I don't want anyone's pity. Also, I don't want anyone to think I am incapable. However, I do want someone to UNDERSTAND and EMPATHIZE.
I always have to pretend Im okay, that everything is fine, that Im fine but Im not and no one will ever know because they'll always think everything is okay just from that one little smile that appears on my face.