Let me be the first to welcome you to the family!!!! This is a wonderful place for those effected by a horrible disease. We really do care about each other and its a great place to for learning and getting support. I've been hanging around since Jan and I love everyone I've met here. I felt exactly the way you do about finding a community that cares.
Most everyone on the forum has pets.. I have 2 dogs and 2 birds. My dogs always seem to know when I'm feeling a little down. But my parrot .. well not so much, he can be cranky sometimes. So we're big animal lovers.
Alaska huh?? Wow!!! I've always wanted to go there!!! I bet its beautiful!!
Have you checked out Fibro 101? There's lots of links on there to help you deal with family members that "don't get it" look up, A Letter to Normals and the Spoon Theory.
I'm so glad you found us.. be sure to get involved in our morning Koffee Klatches.. they're designed to help us get to know each other and the topics are fun. Our moderators are AWESOME!!! We love them to peices!!! Keep posting, learning and sharing. We're here and we care!!