Disclaimer: This post may be triggering or difficult to read if you have Emetophobia. Remember that there is help available if you need it.
According to Anxiety UK, “Emetophobia is a fear of vomiting or seeing others being sick.” As a person who has had it for almost ten years, I couldn’t of said it better myself to be honest (well not without swearing anyway).
When I use the word sick in this post, I’m referring to the act of vomiting or to vomit
- Yes, I KNOW that nobody enjoys being sick. But not liking and having a phobia of something are two completely different things
- As with any phobia, it’s not a choice. I didn’t choose to be this way
- It’s impossible for me to feel ‘safe’ or have a moment free from Emetophobia because it is essentially a fear of my own body
- I wish I could be more compassionate towards my family and friends when they are sick (I’m not just being a cold hearted B****, promise)
- Emetophobia isn’t necessarily about keeping germ free. Personally, I literally wouldn’t care what germs were around me if I knew they wouldn’t make me sick
- I know that, 99% of the time, being sick isn’t life threatening. But it can feel that way to me
- If you know me, chances are I’ve asked you for reassurance before that I’m not going to be sick. Thank you
- Making me think back to a time I was sick and coped ISN’T HELPFUL
- If you want to know how you can help or what might trigger me, just ask
- I haven’t been sick for 4 years and the phobia is still very much alive and kicking for me
As a thank you for making it to the end, a little statement hot off the press from my mum this morning:
“When I grow up, I want to be a dog.”
She meant in her ‘next life’, because Minnie is snuggled next to me in a blanket right now.
Told you I’d make you laugh in every post, didn’t I?!