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Hello, the primary aim of this group is to help people who are encumbered with a chronic illness make new social connections for support and enrichment.
Many folks with chronic illnesses find that, due to limitations in their energy and capabilities, they become socially isolated. Friends and family often don't understand that you honestly can't engage in the same work or recreation anymore. Consequently they may drift away or alienate you. This can be devastating on top of the difficulties you are already dealing with.
Who understands that you would love to go hiking, but nothing strenuous? Or that you'd like to grab dinner, but it has to meet your dietary restrictions, and you can't stay out late? Or that sometimes you, regretfully, have to cancel at the last minute because of a flare-up? Other people struggling with health issues understand!
There are numerous online forums to discuss treatment options. There are support groups that are safe places to vent (check out: http://www.meetup.com/East-Bay-Chronic-Illn... ); hopefully this group can facilitate some friendships and recreation - things that many of us sorely miss.
Current settings allow all members to create events. So please, if you wish you had a buddy for a gentle afternoon stroll, or a movie companion, or someone to get together to play guitar with, or discuss psychoneuroimmunology, or Wittgenstein, or baseball, or whatever - post a suggestion and see if there are any takers.
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