We live in a busy world. People we meet and people we know are often too busy to spend time together. It's through connection that our souls get recharged. Research continually shows that those who have social connections are healthier and live longer, more joyful lives.
Things often change when someone is diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness. The social lines get blurred and many who were in your network shy away either out of fear or simply never being exposed to someone with health challenges. Where does this leave the person with the diagnosis? It often creates a social and emotional exile for the patient and that's the last thing anyone would prescribe for someone facing an illness.
It's crucial to your well-being, the success of your treatment, and your sanity to create a social, emotional and spiritual switchboard. Yes, I'm saying that it will be up to you because others won't know what they're supposed to do. I can tell you that friends and family will often rally at the beginning, but if the illness is prolonged or will last a lifetime it often dissolves from their consciousness.
Find places and people who understand your life story. You can often find resources by reading books about people who are facing the same challenges. They will offer resources and provide hope for conquering loneliness.
Recruit a tribe who will support, invigorate and enthusiastically taunt you to be the best you possible. I think you'll be amazed at the results.