Okay, so I'm a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and feel like a lot of things that happen to her could be analogies for chronic illness. Just a few friends, being isolated, etc., it just feels so relatable to me.
Totally a Buffy fan here too, but watched them when they first aired. Then bought the Dvds, which my ex took in the divorce along with the good tv, the wii and anything else of entertainment value for when I was sick. But he's another story for another day...hopefully long forgotten. Watched Angel too. LOVED Spike on both. No question that Buffy had/has a huge impact on my life and how I think, act, and problem solve.
Sucks that your ex would take all the entertainment, distraction is one of the few things that can just so the pain sensations, even if the pains still there. My family is going through the 2nd divorce, and it sucks. I loved Spike too, he is more interesting than Angel. I was looking up quotes today, and some are just perfect for chronic pain. I did like that with angel there was a lot more back story, but it felt less relatable. Doyle was my favorite there, and he was gone pretty fast.