I have realized that seclusion is damaging to our health and it can be very easy to seclude ourselves when we constantly feel sick and sulky. Supportive friendships and relationships are fundamental to your wellbeing when you suffer from a chronic illness. Finding supportive and nurturing friendships is not a simple task especially when one is perpetually sick. This is something that does not happen overnight but your willpower alone will help you to grow friendships with likeminded people who are aware of the extent of your situations and also share your common interests. Finding a group of people who understand what you’re experiencing, who understand what it’s like to live with chronic illness and chronic pain, can be an excellent way to find the inner strength to face the challenge of your condition and live a fuller life

If you have a chronic illness such as arthritis, you know that dealing with chronic pain and other symptoms can often feel like an uphill battle. Some of you may find that your friends and family don’t fully understand what you’re going through, or may not feel comfortable talking openly with them. It can be tempting to shut yourself off and stay inside, and some days you may not even want to get out of bed. Unfortunately that kind of thinking only adds to your pain.

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you. So choose the good ones, and if you don’t have a support system, start cultivating one now. I vouch for it that it will help you tenfold as you deal with your medical problems. Just make sure you let the right people and the right energy in to your inner circle.

For the last 4 years I am a part of a Support Group and have to admit its added so much of meaning and purpose to my life. The group meets to learn and practice breathing, movement, and along with this we meet and share our conditions without any judgement and I have always felt the warmth of love and caring. We are women who have an indirect forum to talk about our struggles with people who understand what we are going through.  We share our personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies or firsthand information about our disease and treatments. We share insight and perspectives about the variety of treatments we have tried. Last but not least, we are women of different ages and walks of life, who were once strangers, have now become friends for life and celebrate small joys together.  We all have something in common with each other. Because we understand each other and what it is like to undergo the pain, we all are always willing to help and support one another.

Thank you my girl gang for being there for me angels !