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charlotte_wright
2 months ago

Hi Jenny-May, and welcome to Shift.

I, too, find myself being a bit lonely and becoming a recluse. However, because I’m a total geek, I got myself into table-top roleplaying, like Dungeons and Dragons, and the friends I’ve made there, and meet every weekend for a good afternoon/night, makes a difference. I’ve found, if you can find a group activity you enjoy, it will make all the difference. I’ve also found that people will understand if you inform them that you have MS (if you want to), and though they might ask some questions, it’s mostly so they can understand and help if needs be.

I also take the time, because I’m not in work at the moment, to go out during the day and, for example, do my weekly shopping, and have my partner pick me up on his way home from work. Because it’s getting me out the house at an odd time, I’m likely to meet people that will talk, like an old woman at the bus stop, or a cashier who needs to have a b!tch about something, likely Covid.

And yes, using a forum is nice, and will get you talking to people, but actually hearing voices or seeing people face to face is different, in my opinion.

I have RRMS too, diagnosed since 19, and I’m only just learning how to cope with it and other people, after 6 years.