painter, it is really hard to know that people you have met here and care about
have such serious health issues. I think you are already doing the most important thing by listening and caring. When you think about
it, that's all any of us with chronic illnesses want - some understanding, support and compassion. We obviously can't make any of each other's problems go away, but what we can do is be there for each other. I know for me it is a huge relief to be among people who truly understand what it is like to deal with all of the struggles of a chronic illness.
At the same time it is SO important to take care of yourself too and while it's wonderful to be so compassionate, if you take on other people's problems too much it can make you even sicker. I always tell myself that if I don't take care of myself I won't be any good to anyone else.
It is obvious you care a lot about
others and I am sure you have helped people more than you know just by being there and being caring and understanding.
Hang in there - I know how hard it is. I don't understand the reason for so much suffering either.
I'm glad you posted this - it's a really important topic.
Take care and I'm sending you lots of hugs and please don't let yourself get so worried and upset that you make your own health worse.
Diagnosis: Suspected Lupus 2004; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 300mg; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain
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