Is there anyone out there around my age (27) who suffers with severe chronic pain and yet is basically ready to move on with life? I have been through a close to 15 year long journey of recovery and acceptance and could really use a friend with the kind of attitude that will enhance the progress that I have made. For most of my journey I stayed away from support groups and message boards because they always make me feel worse - and learning to focus on the positive, things that make me happy and not dwelling on the pain is what made me well enough to still pursue my goals and ambitions. My life is no longer controlled by the pain and I don't take prescription drugs anymore - but the mental and emotional methods I developed to cope with the physical pain has unfortunately made me very isolated. I don't fit in anywhere - old friends want nothing to do with me and I can't make 'normal' new friends that do not understand what it means to be in pain. I don't want to lie and pretend that I am okay - or be around false optimism - but at the same time I can't be around people that are so wrapped up in the pain and the chronic pain lifestyle there is no room for joy and intelligent conversation. I seem to be on a certain kind of lonely path - and the kind of friend I want to walk with is so rare it feels like they don't even exist.