How To Avoid the Isolation of Chronic Illness

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Registered: 08-16-2001
How To Avoid the Isolation of Chronic Illness
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 3:37pm

It is so easy to get in the habit of being alone. Sometimes being alone is fine. There is a difference in being alone, and being lonely.

Isolation is a big issue for those who suffer from a chronic, painful illness. We have a difficult time making plans because we never know how we are going to feel any given part of any given day.

I have read heart breaking accounts from people suffering with moderate to severe RA who have become isolated. It is a universal story. The only difference is the nmes of the people involved.

Consider this: You can't work anymore, but you stay in touch via email or Facebook with some of your old coworkers. You get invited to lunch and a shopping trip this coming Saturday. You really want to go, but you are afraid you might not be having a good day, and you worry about keeping up with your able-bodied friends. What do you do?

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 10:36pm

Hi Molly, thanks for sharing this.
Since moving I have become quite the "Social Butterfly"...I have been making new friends and venturing out and exploring my new city/home...:)...
It helps because there is an excellent public transit system.
I find myself getting out more than I used to.
Even went out to a social event the night before Valentines...
Looking forward to the warmer weather so my ds and I can get out in our small yard, so happy to have one.
He is looking forward to it to.