I was diagnosed with CFS in the mid-90s and Fibro recently. I am in the throes of a horribly, debilitating flare. I sleep so much and have so little energy to do anything. The housework has gotten ahead of me and I feel terrible about it. I don't even want people to come by. My husband says he understands my illnesses. But doesn't help me much - he'll do HIS laundry, for example. Just his. He'll clean HIS part of the bathroom. And he thinks fibro is BS and that I am just lazy. His mother doesn't help, she believes I am lazy and he is a mama's boy - he sides with her no matter what. I have no kids other than the furry kind, the closest family is 2.5 hours away by car. I have a few local friends that I have found only recently despite having lived here for years, but they too have their own issues so I don't like to lean too hard all the time. I feel completely without support. I am on LTD from work, and have filed for SSDI (I have other conditions as well), and am "stuck" for lack of a better term. I can't support myself at this time, so I can't leave. I have nowhere else I can go, unless I leave all my babies behind, and I absolutely refuse to do that. I had to do it once many years ago and it was a horrifying ordeal. I will never abandon my babies again. They are one of the biggest supports I have. Anyone else have a similar situation, where you feel alone and unsupported despite having spouse or people around you, especially those that do not believe what you have is real? How do you cope? It's very hard.