That some people are pessimistic or despairing is not a matter of opinion. It has been stated by various members of this forum. But to say that some are pessimistic or to take people at their word when they write that they despair of anything happening is not the same as calling them "pessimistic despairers." Putting the two words together to label people and misrepresent what thefreeprisoner said is your doing. As for length of sickness, I think it was you who introduced that, too, in what came across as condescension. She owes you absolutely no apology. I have seen no hounding. That is absolutely uncalled for. Would you please get back onto topic and save us from having to step in?