Many events are life changing, weddings, a new baby, changing jobs, death of a loved one, chronic illness. Weddings end and become a life style, new babies become, "our kids", job changes are a normal thing, time helps us cope with death but chronic illness is the most dramatic because it's with us every moment of every day. Every thought and movement are affected and a constant reminder that we are no longer the the same person. For the most part, these chronic illnesses are a cursed thing, yet, even something as hideous as a chronic illness has it's silver lining. We meet others with the same issues and discover we are not alone and there are others out there who do know and understand what we are going through. Our worlds are opened up to see and have more compassion for others in the same situation.
I knew and understood what my diagnoses meant. When I was 19, my best friend had suddenly and unexpectedly died from non stop seizure. Every one feels depressed and angered about the way their world changes , including me, except my changes would also change the lives of many others. It created this site, and in turn introduced me to people who would also impact my life. I have spoken to people world-wide, been interviewed by reporters, taken part in saving lives and made some awesome friends. It hasn't been all great. My site has been under attacked. I have a stalker who's soul intent is to destroy my site and me. He's also gone after members and staff, scaring people half to death. My health and personal problem have changed for the worse keeping me from participating as much as I need and want to.
I hate my disorders but would not change a thing. Everything happens for a reason. Ten years is a long time, Tincatt. It may be a sad anniversary, but maybe an important one. I believe it depends on how we impact the lives of others. Thank you for being here at this time. (hugs)