Hi everyone, I don't want this to sound smug at all because I'm really not. I have been severely ill for 15 years and finally, finally Valacyclovir is really working for me- which is unbelievably exciting! However, as we all know, any kind of recovery is a rocky road and I am now finding myself casting about for advice and stories about how to drag oneself out of the pit of not-really-life into the real world and actually COPE. Does anyone know any books/ movies/ podcasts about inspiring people who reinvented themselves after a long-term disease? And does anyone have any advice about coping with "real" life? Whilst all my crashes have now stopped and my energy seems to be back again- I am worried about the emotional damage all of this has done to me. I still over-react a lot to people and get angry too quickly, I am still paranoid that I will not find it easy to sustain work. I feel overwhelmed by how little I have to show for the age I am because I got ill at College and have not been able to buy a house/ have kids etc. so feel unbelievably far "behind" my peers... Any advice on the rocky road to rehabilitation and reintegration gratefully received!