Ultimately, Chronic Illness will show who your REAL friends are (as painful as that realization is, it's better to know than just thinking they will be there for you) which helps you figure out who truly needs to be in your life. Toxic friendships or relationships are hard to walk away from as often you'll try to convince yourself that they aren't toxic. But with as much as we have to deal with day after day, we don't have time to be dragged down by those who hurt us. Be a strong independent person despite your illness and don't let your illness become your identity. But, most importantly, don't wall yourself off (which I do so no one else has to handle my burden...don't use me as an example) and allow those people who do care about you to help. Whether it's a friend cooking dinner for your family, driving you to doctor's appointments, enjoying a truly good laugh exactly when you need one, allow friend's and family who want to help you despite the isolation you've created to "protect" yourself. Allow the village to help you through the dark moments.