As many of you know on the Internet you really never know what is true and what is not. This is especially true in the forums... While we should try our best to be empathetic and caring to others, the online community is not a replacement for the real world where you know first hand someone else's situation, problems, or experiences.
It is almost impossible to "prove" what is true and what isn't, the best course of action is to be prudent and cautious and know the warning signs of someone that may not be telling the truth. If you believe someone is faking an illness in the forums, alert
your forum moderator. Unfortunately there are people that will seek to manipulate your feelings for their own emotional or mental gain at your expense. Please be aware of the warning signs to avoid being emotionally hurt in the forums and chat rooms.