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I got together with a few of my friends yesterday.
We talked about our pets, new shoes and recent travels. The conversation got lively when the subject turned to the medications we take for our chronic conditions. That lead to a straw poll on TV commercials for fibromyalgia medications. The consensus: they advertise magical cures that don't happen in real life and all of us who have tried these medications want our money back.
After that, the conversation turned to reading books and how chronic illness makes even this simple task more difficult. Seems fibro-fog symptoms like short term memory problems mean a lot of reading the same page over and over again. I shared that since I now need reading glasses, it's made it more difficult for me to read. Someone suggested books on tape, which sounds like a good solution.
Eventually, the chat dwindled and we all went back to different pursuits, like watching TV, fixing dinner and getting ready for bed.
So how did I connect with my friends with chronic illness last night? By signing onto Twitter of course.
You see, when I first became chronically ill and disabled, I wanted to join an in-person support group. I wanted to meet face-to-face with other people going through what I was dealing with to give and receive support. It was a good idea, but after an exhaustive search, I couldn't find any groups. It seems getting together in person is a tall order for people living with chronic illness...
Then my friend Cyndie introduced me to the world of social media as part of our blogging challenge back in May 2009. Initially, I used social media to get the word out about my blog and share my posts. But then I started to discover how to connect with other people in meaningful ways by leave comments and sending tweets.
So my question this week is How do you connect with other people? Have you been fortunate to find in-person support? Do you use social media and, if so, where do you go online to connect? To participate, leave a comment here or head over to the Oh My Aches and Pains! Facebook page to join the discussion.
And thanks for taking the time to connect with me through my blog.