I was really glad to read the message from Lisa’a mom. One of the big problems we run across is support of family members and friends. The NGDF encourages spouses, friends and loved ones to come to our support group meetings if we have one in your area. If we don’t get on the once a month CHAT with your family by your side. Let them ask questions or just read what goes on. Education is the key! I have spouses come to my support group meetings and they have said after a meeting or two that they thought their spouse was faking it or it was all in their head. It has made life easier for them and it can be easier for you too. We also have and informal Chat every Sunday and this last week CincyKid and his wife were on line togather and it was good to talk to them both.
Try printing up some of the messages that really hit home to you and the responses and if other folks are having the same problems. It will help show you are not the only one and it is a part of what is going on in your life.
Jake, thanks for the comments about family support. When Lisa was going through her worst times she told me constantly that I didn’t understand how she was feeling. I understand the truth that you can never know exactly what another person is living through but you can be supportive by just being there. Many nights when she couldn’t sleep and emotions were running high we would jump in the car and go for a ride. She later told me that she never could have made it without our support. My husband is a type I diabetic so I am in the full-time support business! The thing is that we supporters need support too. It can be very difficult to watch the people you love cope with illness. You are facing this from both sides and I’ll keep you in my prayers.