I can't imagine how much more difficult this illness would be if I couldn't connect with others on the web who are similarly sick. Through blogs and Facebook and my website, I've met people from all over the world.
If you live alone and are housebound, cyberspace friends may be your only source of support. It's so comforting to hear from another person with chronic illness and be able to say, "That's exactly how I feel!" When I think of how isolated people were who were sick just a few decades ago, I feel fortunate to be sick in the Internet Age.