I think Bree-Leigh has one very smart idea about how we could have shared housing for those of us that struggle with these same illnesses. Not only could we have this shared housing, but possibly putting our funds together and then requesting tax incentives from the govt, for chronic illness GREEN HOUSING for those that suffer from this debilitating situation. After my own battle I am convinced thru my own situation that our housing is so essential to our ability or inability to cope with these devastating chronic illnesses on a daily basis. I was told by my doctor that the divorce rate after chronic illnesses are diganosed can be higher than 60 percent. I would be willing to bet the rate is so much higher. Look out out if you are not married when this strikes, I am so sure the dump rate statistic would become even higher, sorry,but it sure seems so true. I was able to stay in a complex down by the beach that had three very small one bedroom bungaloes all attached by a common beautiful garden, outdoor private shower, that if you choose to mingle the opportunity was there but you still had your own privacy. If you needed help it was there for the asking. It was really neat and I have thought about this since then, baby boomer's like me are always thinking there is more than one way to achieve happiness. I actually lived with a friend that shared this illness and we really miss each other, I am now struggling to save my new relationship that I know struggles with my illness. I have learned not to blame anyone or anything, just begin each day processing ideas that will help our causes. I do all I can to have fun each day, laugh, or when necessary I cry but I never give up trying to find out the truth about why so many of us are sick. I not only deal with fibro, and chronic fatigue but having chemical sensitivity, I can not take that dose of medicine to get me thru the tough times. I have done well with visual memory recall to help me cope. But, hearing her idea has just opened up a flurry of brain activity. thanks to all on these boards.