Guest Jude the Grouch

What Are Friends For? A Longer Life

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What Are Friends For? A Longer Life. In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends. T. Parker-Pope. The New York Times. 04/20/09.

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Ah, Jude, does this mean it's time for another great big group (((((((hug))))))))?


I particularly like this line from the study: "The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared."


To that, I'd say, with all our Sclero Friends -- what hill? Looks like flat ground to me, with so many loving and supportive friends to share the burdens and challenges.

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I liked this part:


"And notably, proximity and the amount of contact with a friend wasn’t associated with survival. Just having friends was protective."


That pretty much describes us, doesn't it?!


Big hugs to everyone,

Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

(Retired) ISN Artist

International Scleroderma Network

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