The emotions surrounding socialization and chronic illness can be complicated.  Feelings of loneliness, guilt, disconnection, the fear of abandonment, the fear of missing out and worries related to being labeled as irresponsible, disinterested, flaky, or unreliable are...

It didn’t take long to figure out that the more I obsessed over the pain, the anxiety, the "what ifs," the disappointment and the frustration, the more actual pain I felt.  I was living (and still do sometimes) in moments of future pain, discouragement, worry and frust...