“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” — C.S. Lewis
This quote was on a post from fellow blogger August McLaughin. As I read the quote, it took me back to the beginning of my illness. I was getting sicker and sicker and sicker. Everyone kept asking if there was anyone else like me. I had to admit that I didn’t know of anyone. This feeling of being the “only one” isolated me even more. Why was there no one else like me?
Suddenly while searching aspergillus mold on the internet I found the Aspergillus Support Group. Shortly after joining and telling a little of my story, I discovered a woman in the UK who had the same thing going on in her sinuses. She became my first friend with this illness.
A few years later while in Dallas, I discovered many more like me. I no longer felt that I was the “only one” and in the process met many amazing women and developed many life-long friendships. Learning that there are others like us forms bonds that we might not otherwise make. I have also met and friended some amazing people since beginning this blog. Despite this illness, I treasure every friendship I have made because of the illness. It helps to know we are not alone.
How has finding someone else like you forged new friendships and bonds for you?