I recently found an online support group through Facebook called Wives & Girlfriends of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Survivors.
We post questions, share successes, vent frustrations, and provide encouraging feedback to one another. There's currently 142 members, and we're from all over the world. I've never met any of these women in person, and yet when I found the group, I felt instantly bonded with them.
We're all going through something that only we can truly understand.
Of course I have a lot of friends in my life who support me and my family in so many ways, and we are so grateful for that support. But being able to talk (or rather, write) to other women about details I wouldn't otherwise discuss with my other friends is so very helpful as I learn how to navigate this new life. It shows me that I'm not alone. That I'm not the only one whose days and nights are filled with things like caregivers, insurance woes, transportation issues, pressure sores, clogged catheters, and medical supplies.
These women are real. Living lives that are both challenging and rewarding. They are exhausted by what they do, yet they keep on keeping on. They are a wealth of information ... a comfort to those living and dealing with SCI.
I am honored to be among them.