Sunday, May 22, 2011

10 Tips from 10 Years Sick | Psychology Today

9. We're fortunate to live in the Internet Age.

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.

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This is one of the best things for me -- when I first got sick in 1987, there was no e-mail.  The only way for me to work at home was to go out and collect the work and go out the next day to return it.
But I didn't become disabled in 1987 -- I became disabled in 2000.  Work arrives by e-mail, work is returned by e-mail.  A few months ago, I spoke by phone for the very first time with someone I'd been working for for nearly a decade.  We knew each other's background, hobbies, interests, way of expressing things ... but had never heard each other's voice.  Thanks to Facebook, I'm finally able to put faces with names for some clients.
Had I been housebound in 1987, I would've gone stir-crazy; I'm a social creature by nature.  Now, there are times I shut down the computer and walk away because I've been socially over-stimulated and need to be alone for a while ... and I hadn't even gotten out of bed yet!

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