I'm wondering who has pets, and whether you feel the pets are especially helpful in improving your quality of life since you became ill? Or has some other animal, like a horse, been helpful in some way? I myself have 2 cats and a bunny, and they have been such an important part of making my comparatively isolated life liveable. They keep me company, help my stress level, make me laugh, force me to move around and do chores like clean litter. My days would be far too lonely without them.