I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages, so please don’t take anything I say in this blog post as advice that needs to be followed. I’m simply throwing out some things that have made a little difference in my isolation. If you have others, I hope you’ll suggest them in the comments.
I know IRL (in real life) friends are the best, but sometimes making those kinds of friends isn’t easy when you’re fighting a disability or chronic illness that saps your energy and makes it hard to get out of the house.
One way I’ve found that some of you might have already figured out is to find Facebook groups centered around your disability or chronic illness. Sometimes someone else’s post will strike a nerve with you, and engaging in discussion with them in the group might lead to a friend request being sent. Once you’re Facebook friends with the other person, you might find all kinds of different interests that you share. It’s amazing to me that there are people I’ve met through Facebook that I believe would have my back if we lived in the same location.
Also, if you’re interested in creating, there are always groups to be found online–writing communities, art abandonment groups, and I’m sure if you’re interested in music, you can find a group that suits you. Sometimes those cost money, but sometimes they are workable for someone on a limited income. I have a writing community who supports me in my creative efforts and encourages me in other areas of my life. I feel as if I can tell them almost anything.
There are always forums that discuss trashy TV reality shows or some of your favorite quality television. I don’t usually post on these discussion forums, but just being able to read everyone’s snarky comments on those trashy shows makes me feel as if I’m not watching alone.
I’m sure there are others, but I’ve given some of the ones that work for me.