Isolation and Support in Long-Term Illness

The rejecting attitudes of many doctors, family members, friends, marital partners and others to long-term or "untreatable" illnesses such as MSi, Lupus, CFIDSi, Fibromyalgiai are a common experience for sufferers. Many people say that simply finding this web-site, and people who take them seriously and believe them, is one of the great moments of healing for them. There is so much to say about this topic and the reasons for these attitudes. I'm a psychologist, and understand the social and psychological dynamics which enter into such poor treatment of the ill by the "well." Understanding helps, but I am still subject to the hurt and blame, and I too need the support of others who take me seriously and can share their difficulties and triumphs.

The following thread has a long and heartfelt discussion of this, with many examples of the ways people have been rejected and mistreated by those who should support them most, family members. It is titled "Isolation," but I assure you that you will not feel alone as you read it. I recommend it as highly therapeutic.

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