Being sick for a looooong time is hard. How has it affected you? I'm not talking about the primary impact of our disease, namely the symptoms. I'm not talking about the secondary impact either, namely the direct consequences of our symptoms (eg having to give up work/study; living within strict constrains; feeling lousy most/all of the time...) I'm asking about the tertiary impacts of this disease, the consequences of having to deal with those primary and secondary impacts over a sustained period. There's a big academic literature on the psychological impact of chronic illness, but I've never read anything that adequately addresses the issue. Anyway, it'd to great to hear of others' thoughts and experiences.