I’m Grateful for the Blessing of Friends in My Life

I’m Grateful for the Blessing of Friends in My Life
Of the many blessings in my life, I consider my friends to be among the most valuable. I think that friendships are more precious to me than to other people because of the times in my life when I had none. The reason for my previous lack of friends is clear to me. To have a friend, you need to be a friend. Sadly, the physical and psychological symptoms of fibromyalgia at times were so difficult that I had neither the desire nor the energy to be a friend, or much of anything else. Being a wife and mother was all I could handle, and often, it was more than I could handle. Aside from family duties, my life was consumed with visits to doctors, pharmacists, and therapists in an effort to feel and function better. Finding little improvement, I turned to alternative therapies like meditation, acupuncture, reflexology, and chiropractic. I had no time for anything else. And then I attended my first fibromyalgia support group meeting. There I felt safe and confident that I wouldn’t be negatively judged. No one would expect me to do anything I was unable to do, and I had the social interaction I needed in my life. That was the beginning. For years, I attended a monthly meeting. I had found my people. I developed friendships. I learned to care for myself as much from fellow sufferers as I did from expert speakers. And then we moved. It didn’t take long for me to find a new support group. By then, being part of a group was vital to my existence. When the group leader announced her intention to leave, I attended the tr
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