Yes, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. ‘Community’ is a vital piece of the puzzle that promotes health and well being in the chronically ill individual. Without the support of others who understand the struggles, fears, and frustrations of our disease, we drift alone on dark waters that rise, leaving us unanchored in feelings of increasing helplessness and discouragement.
We were created to be relational.
That can be a hard pill to swallow for those of us who value our solitude. I can attest to this first hand, because I am one of those introverts who needs a lot of ‘alone time’. However, I still need people in my life who I can interact with on common ground. No where is this more important than in the realm of dealing with my chronic illness.
Benefits of belonging to a chronic illness support group:
- realization that you are not alone in your hardship, knowing the ‘load is shared’ eases the heaviness of your burden
- finding solutions to issues that you may have not thought of on your own
- gaining the knowledge of what works for others and applying it to your own situation
- venting your feelings with those who can empathize
- helping others, which benefits ourselves as well
- anonymous, private, and safe. Plus you have the choice to ‘read’ the comments without having to participate in the discussion
Head on over and check out this incredible FREE resource for those dealing with chronic conditions. The site is named Healtheo 360′. They have several public and private support groups for many different conditions. They even have groups set up for caregivers.
The newest one is the Fibromyalgia Private Support Group. I will be co-moderating this private forum on Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this FREE RESOURCE!
Grab a cup of tea and I’ll see you there!