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Shelley Ensz

How have you made a friend?

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I thought it would be interesting to hear some stories about how we've found and made friends in our local communities (other than online friends.)

 

Illness can make it hard to get out and about to form new friendships. What have you done to find a new friend? How did you approach them, and how did it turn out?


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Shelley,

Funny you pick today for this question. I met a man while having my shoulder therapy last week. We started talking and he saw that I came in from outdoors and a couple of my fingers were white. I didn't realize it was that cold outside when I left home, and jumped in my car and went inside the therapy building and we started discussing my white fingers and our shoulder issues. He now knows the name (Raynaud's) of our disease. His son has the same issues. Anyways he and his wife came to opening day at tennis for our summer league today. It was a great surprise, and they are such a fun couple. We had fun complaining about the workouts we both received this morning before coming to tennis. They fit right in. I am sure we will become fast friends. I am exposed to so many people with being in charge of tennis I meet many people from many walks of life.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I know you said other than online friends, but I don't want to discount this as a source. Today I had lunch with Hilda, a lovely lady who lives 15 minutes away from me by bus - where I live, that is practically next door. As it turns out, we share the same rheumatologist - and where did I meet her? On THIS forum. We had a lovely get together and I hope we will get the chance to do some more things together soon.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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A few years ago when I was getting some test done. While I was waiting in the waiting room, a guy who was sitting across from me started talking with me. He was having test done too and we talked awhile. It was neat to meet him and talk. I wish we would have kepted in contact with each other. I'm single and he was single too and he was so nice!

I know what you are all wondering. Yes, he was very good looking! He made my heart beat very fast!

 

Sadie

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Sadie you little minx! Next time you meet a hottie, you'd better get his number :D

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I have started reaching out to old friends that I haven't seen in a long time. There's one that I went to high school with that I got back up with about 14 years ago, but it was only at the football field where our sons played football. We would occsionaly email each other , but I've steped that up and now we meet once a month for lunch! I have others that I am doing the same thing with and it has been very rewarding. They all know my health problems and they all love and worry about me. Because of my health, I don't get out much, so this gives me a reason to get moving and go out.


Peace :)

Barbara aka relicmom1

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Jefa ~ That is SO cool! I got to do the same with Cheri whom I met here on the forums. She lives about 25 minutes away and we met at the park in her town - where all the good shopping is - so whenever I need something from the big stores, I can call her and see if she wants to meet up. We also share a rheumatologist and will hopefully share the 2 1/2 hour drive for our next checkups.

 

Sadie,

 

Tsk - Tsk. You should have gotten his number!


Take care,

Barefut

 

Serena Justis

ISN Blogger

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I joined a group of 10 women who are interested in having fun and doing things for charities. We took a limo into NY city to see Spamalot and went out to dinner. They are currently planning another trip. It is a group of really nice people and I need the socialization. I also get together with friends from high school and college. Every once in a while I see the girls I used to work with. It is hard meeting and making new friends.


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