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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friendships and Chronic Conditions

I was sending a card to a friend this morning and I realized once again how important good friends are. It also occurred to me how you get to know your true friends when you are stricken with a chronic disease.

At first you may not notice much difference, but given a little time some 'friends' will be less and less company to you, find excuses not to do things together and slowly but surely will disappear out of your life.

It helps to understand that some people don't know how to deal with your illness. Some don't even want to know. Some don't want to cope or hear about it at all. Honestly, you are better off without them. Eventually your circle of friends will grow again with people you can count on.

If you are just diagnosed with a chronic condition, be prepared to see your circle of friends shrink. In spite of the hurt, that it is not a bad thing; those sticking with you love you for who you are and genuinely care for and about you.

It is so comforting to know that we have a friend who will always be there and even carries us through times of trial and hardship. We can call upon Him anytime, He listens, encourages and comforts. We are blessed with Christ as our best friend forever. :-)

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.


Blogger audrey` said...

Amen! Jesus Christ is our best friend =)

September 24, 2009 9:08 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Yup, I totally agree.

BTW Lieve Zus, you are my BFF as well, hehe.

God's Grace.

September 24, 2009 12:37 PM  

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