Humans are social creatures, or, at least, that’s what the experts tell us. We crave friendship and seek out companionship and when we don’t get enough of those things, we become socially awkward and eventually end up maladjusted if the isolation goes on for too long. This is especially true for those of us who suffer from chronic illness, as we need help from others more often than most. Unfortunately, having an all-consuming ailment like Rheumatoid Arthritis tends to make one want to be alone more often than not, and fighting that urge is a constant battle.
I recently reconnected with some old friends of mine who I have known for over twenty years. I originally met most of them while I was still in high school, and their recent re-appearance has reminded me of the trials and tribulations that come with socializing while under the thumb of chronic disease. It is no walk in the park, mind you, and I’ve learned the hard way that you have to give as much as you get.