I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying this forum. It really feels like a vibrant, welcoming and helpful online community. I enjoy reading little snatches of people's lives and hearing how their health is keeping; where people are going on holiday etc.
I think often when people suffer from a lung condition they can be very isolated, especially during periods of exacerbations of symptoms when they cannot get out of the house as often as they would like. This forum for some, for example those who may not have close family and friends, is surely a life-saver. It is, I believe, a lovely contact with the outside world, a place to share your health worries without being afraid to bore your family or friends with your woes and ailments! It equalises everyone; we can all participate regardless of our health - or even some people's inability to interact socially with others face-to-face etc.
I hope that it remains this way and that the community members are not subjected to downright rude, deliberately argumentative and unhelpful posts that can be a characteristic of some online forums. I think we all have equally valid contributions/observations to make and even if we disagree I am sure we are all able to do so in a polite and thoughtful manner. That's what draws me to this forum; its very welcoming nature.
Anyhow, I just thought I would jot down some of my meanderings!
Just shows you what kind of wild social life I have when I can sit and type this on a Saturday evening. all I can say is Euro 2012 has a lot to answer for - there's nothing on telly. (Well out of the sixty million sky channels I have there must be something, but that's another story )