This is where our "other" family members step in and help us continue our fight... Especially on the bad days. They don't see your break-downs as whining, complaining, drama, or selfishness. Instead, they see it as those inevitable moments when some of the strongest people have reached their limit for whatever reason and just need to cry, complain about how unfair life is, and just let that wall that we've all built in order to get through each day to fall down, even if only for a few moments.
These special people may or may not have the same illness as you, but it really doesn't matter because regardless of the symptoms or what our diseases "look" like, we all experience many of the same emotions... Loneliness, intermittent sadness, bouts of random tears, feeling forgotten and like we're missing life as every new day passes, and, sometimes, even question why we continue to fight. But we reach out to these friends, and, regardless of what time it might be or what may be occurring in their "real" lives, you become #1 and they'll talk to you until life no longer feels impossible. They cry with you, agree how unfair life might be, and slowly, show you how important you are. These are a special breed of people who drop everything when you need them even though you've never met them in person... Because you would and will do the exact same thing for them.
Throughout this recent battle I've had with Neurological Lyme Disease, I have met so many people who have had every right to hate life, ignore other people's needs, and become bitter towards anything and everything. But, instead, they are shining examples of kindness, love, understanding, patience, and every other good adjective you can come up with while reading this... These people, who are fighting serious battles of their own, are proof that there is good in this world. And that our chronic illnesses cannot be fought alone, but only by joining our arms together and either leaning or supporting those beside us. It takes strength to make it through those tough days, and sometimes, just sometimes, we must borrow that strength from others. To my spoonie family, who include those online as well as "offline" loved ones, your love, support, understanding, strength, kindness, and friendship has meant more to me than I could have ever imagined and I just hope, with every fiber of my being, that I have been able to be the same for you. Here's to the positive side of social media.