When I feel depressed, angry, lonely, hopeless, I pull this thought out. It works most of the time. If I was terminally ill,rather than having fibromyalgia, I would miss out on EVERYTHING. I would be desperate for any time I could get back from my deadly deadline. Even though I can't live my life how I want, at least, I am HERE. I am HERE for my children. I am HERE for my husband. I am HERE to listen to how their day went and how they did on their test. I am HERE to answer the phone in the middle of the night to listen to a friend. I will be HERE to watch my children finish growing up, get married, have children, and watch their children grow. When I think my life isn't worth living, I need to remind myself that life on the sidelines is still precious. Itisn't what I would choose but at least I am HERE. I may not feel like I am productive or valuable but ask my children if I am important. When they arrive home from school, or sports, or anywhere, they run straight to my room talking over each other in a rush to tell me all about their day! My husband even does it! He always walks back to our room to find me. So, when you feel really low, depressed, or worthless, try to remember that we DO matter to our family, and our friends, and ourselves. If you don't have any family or close friends, being HERE is still better than the reality of fighting for your life. It is just something that helps me and maybe it can help you, too.