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Eleven more categories were added four weeks ago: arthritis, burn victims, epilepsy, HPV, little people, lupus, multiple sclerosis, paraplegia, Parkinson's disease, quadriplegia and transplant patients.The principle behind the site is that no matter the disorder, everyone with a special condition understands imperfection—and shares a need for love and acceptance.An illness which is lifelong but not fatal is a chronic condition.Terminal patients have options for disease management after diagnosis.There is no standardized life expectancy for a patient to be considered terminal, although it is generally months or less.Life expectancy for terminal patients is a rough estimate given by the physician based on previous data and does not always reflect true longevity."Even if they don't have the exact same illness, I'm hoping to find somebody that would understand what I go through and not see it as a burden," says David Eisikovits, 45, whose bowel disorder frequently forces him to stay inside.Ricky Durham created the Web site after watching his brother Keith grow increasingly lonely after being diagnosed with Crohn's disease: "It was really hard for him to tell someone he had a colostomy bag." Even though his primary goal was to connect people with the same condition, he ended up tapping into an underserved market—people with not one health problem but two or three.
Donica Callucci, 39, a mom in Phoenix, had a hard time getting even good friends to sympathize with her painful arthritis and spinal disease. She's divorced and beautiful, but she's also HIV-positive.