"I think we have more trouble seeing our own lives sometimes..." This is something a friend of mine said recently in reply to how he'd sent myself and another friend the same link twice (about two weeks apart). He was commenting on how we all often repeat ourselves but we don't realize it. We'll … [Read more...]
Chronic Illness and Friendships
Too often chronic illness can get in the way of friendships. The people who were your friends often can't understand what you are going through. They don't understand why you are no longer as available as you used to be.
It's difficult to maintain friendships when you don't feel well. You barely have the energy to take care of your needs, let alone to worry about returning phone calls, making plans, or being there for those around you.
You will likely find your list of friends narrows. Some of this will occur naturally and some by choice as you find that certain friends eat away at your already limited energy.
However, other friends are worth keeping and will be there no matter how "flaky" you may seem. The posts you'll find in this section cover everything from how to know which friends are worth keeping, to how to deal with those who aren't.
Here's a few of the most popular articles on these topics:
Kim Bell Schneider is another friend from my local Fibromyalgia Support Group. As you may have gathered by now, we have a really great and supportive group locally. When were you diagnosed? I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last year, but was also diagnosed with Dysautonomia, Mitral Valve … [Read more...]
Beverly D, is another member of my local support group. We have such a wonderful group of people in our group, with wide varieties of experience. She was diagnosed in 1998 What lead up to your diagnosis (symptoms, dr visits, etc)? I had severe headaches, joint pain, confusion, muscle pain, … [Read more...]
This is the second installment of Fibro Warrior Wednesday, where I interview others who have been diagnosed with Fibro. Vicky J is another friend of mine from my local support group. She's been dealing with Fibro for most of her life, and handles it beautifully. Let me just say that Vicky is one of … [Read more...]
This is the first in the Fibro Warrior series; I will be sharing the story of a different Fibro Warrior each week. We each have our own unique journey through life, and sharing our stories can help us all. This first Fibromyalgia interview is with a good friend of mine, Beverly P. Beverly P is a … [Read more...]
I've posted over 100 Fibro Warrior Interviews and as different as they are, one thing almost all of them have in common is that when asked what they've learned about themselves from fibromyalgia, the answer is almost always "I'm stronger than I ever thought I was." Well, sometimes it gets tiring … [Read more...]
Friends are such an important thing to have when you are sick. It's when you are sick that you find out who your true friends really are. Some people will claim to be your friends but when it comes down to it you realize they are only there for what they can get from you. Sometimes you find that … [Read more...]