One thing that seems to get in the way of sharing information with one another seems to be age. I would like to share and get some feedback on this. Since, I have been around these chat rooms and message boards, it seems that people are getting diagnosed at a much earlier age. I believe early diagnosis can help in some ways and in others can create a psychological impact. What I would really like to share is although some of us are older that does not mean the onset of this disease came later, in my case what came later was the diagnosis but the onset was in my teens at least. Also, it has been my experience that the severity of the symptoms increase over the years, this may be due to the illness itself or the fact that we were diagnosed later and didn't start taking care of what we had earlier. My point is not to get into specifics, but to come to a common ground that we accept each others truths. It is possible that if diagnosed younger, I would have not pushed my body so hard and I may be treating my illness in a different manner. I also need to accept the fact that the younger people may be having more success with alternate methods than I have simply because their disease has not advanced untreated at all as mine has. Just wishing a little more, hurray for you and hurray for me, and understanding that we have much to offer each other from out differing perspectives. I know I sometimes envy those that are diagnosed young, because maybe they will start making changes to keep this from ever getting to my point. At the same time, I can feel happy that I didn't know, because I don't know if I would have really done anything differently. Well, I digress,lol. Just hoping that with mutual respect we can bring alot to the table, while understanding that we are at the beginning of recognozing a syndrome and we have much to share and our experiences will be varied, due to the medical field finally having the courage to diagnose this terrible disease at all, let alone in the early stages. Love you all, and hoping my old bones may be able to help pave the way for those of you that are having to come face to face with this at an earlier age.