Is it just me or do other people feel as though they are living a sort of invisible life? My friends are sympathetic yet they really know very little about CFS/ME and have almost no idea how this illness has shattered my life. I've developed so many coping skills that other people don't even realize I'm leading a life so completely different to the one I planned on having. My family are loving and supportive, but they have no idea what this illness is all about. I don't think that one person in my life has ever read any literature about ME. And how can one keep sharing one's true life (the invisible life) without turning into a boring whiner? So when people ask how my day was, I don't give the true answer: " My hands and feet are burning, I have elctric shocks running up both legs, I'm so tired I could cry, I'm so depressed I could cry, my back is in a hundred knots, and I have waves of weakness and nausea." No, that's all my invisible life. Instead I say "Pretty good. How was your day?" and smile at them. Maybe everyone with any kind of chronic illness feels this way: there's the invisible world where they live with their illness, and the public world where they try to seem 'normal' to everyone around them. Sometimes I wish there was one person on the plant to whom I could just have a big honest moan about what I really experience every day. I write (type) for a living; I've just realized that not one single person in my life even knows that the illness has affected my co-ordination to the point that I can barely type. About six words in every sentence will have to be caught by the spell checker and retyped because I have mis-typed it. So every day, I get up and do something that I have a struggle doing -- and not one person even knows this fact! Oh well, just wondered if other people on this board have this experience of lonliness and isolation, and how you deal with it.