People who suffer from chronic diseases like fibromyalgia need support — both practical and emotional — from their friends. They offer help when their disease is flaring up or a shoulder to cry on when it all feels like it's too much. Unfortunately, the opposite often happens and patients find friends who were once close have slowly fallen by the wayside. MORE: Nine possible causes of fibromyalgia to discuss with your doctors In this article for themighty.com, writer Tressia Demaskie talks about how she's lost contact with many friends and even some family members over the years due to her fibromyalgia. Demaskie explains that people are often willing to help out when you have a short-term illness or a terminal illness, but the longevity of most chronic illnesses means that helpers tend to get bored or choose to ignore the fact that you're ill because the symptoms aren't necessarily visible. For all the friends that she's lost, Demaskie has come to realize that the ones who are still very much in her life are the true friends and certainly the ones worth keeping. Read more about friendships and fibromyalgia here. MORE: Eight fibromyalgia facts you’re probably unaware of Fibromyalgia News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.