I have only recently joined this forum and cant help but be struck by the young age of sufferers and the severity of their afflictions. My best years are behind me. I am stunned that there are people in their 30's experiencing ailments that should rightfully occur at my age.
Exuberan, thankyou for noticing the age thing. so many times i am frustrated by people saying "you're young- you should be fine." yes, i SHOULD be, but im not- ive been chronically physically ill since i was 14 (see my signature) and i got Panic disorder at the age of 10- im now 28. it is so hard to be sick in any situation, but without being melodramatic, i feel a little robbed of my best years- as there havent really been any. i had to grow up quickly and accomodate illness into a part of my everyday life from a very young age. somewhere in there, there was a loss of innocence, a lack of childlike joy or wonder- replaced by feeling jaded, beaten and cynical.
your compassion towards the younger among us really made me stop and think, and i wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart.