I guess it has to be Facebook, not just because it's the first one I tried, but also because it's where I have met so many (more than 1700 at the moment) wonderful lupies, on the Sometimes, it is Lupus Facebook Page.
Having said that, I've also met some amazing people on Google+ and on Twitter, and even though we will probably never meet in real life, I am so glad to know them.
Social media has made a huge difference to my life. Since I stopped work, I could easily have started to feel isolated. Now, I have a community I am part of all the time. Day and night there's always someone on-line.
Yesterday's incredible post, What Lupus Looks Like was only possible with so many wonderful people responding to a request on social media (with less than a day's notice) for their photos and permission to use them.
I know lots of generations of lupies fought this disease without the internet, but I am so glad it's available for me, and for those others I have met through the net. Whatever happens, none of us is alone. Someone who understands is as close as the computer.
This post written as part of Wego Health's Health Activist Writers' Month Challenge.