Because, we are “privileged” to have this very interesting illness which the majority of people (including most of us!!) have/had never heard of - and which even a great many doctors and rheumies have less knowledge of the illness than us - the patients.
Added to this we have our own experts on here and we have found soooooo many “friends” all over the world - who can boast of that except for us?
So, fellow sufferers, how about calling this illness, well if not “friend” our “ companion”?
PS. The newbies are not going to agree with me I fear.😏😏