Newby here, so glad l discovered this site, forums, and yes, we are all on a journey and have a story to tell.
Been gay forever, never really struggled with it, selective who knew who didn't, lucky with work (travel industry) that generally accepting. Now in my late 50's and having struggled with the whole prostrate cancer journey and throwing everything at it including the kitchen sink, seem to be in the all clear (fingers and everything else crossed)
This journey leaves one somewhat tired, depressed and lonely, not to mention what it does to ones confidence to being able to reconnect on all levels.
Single, retired, having sold my B&B and attempting to reconnect with what my Dr. describes as the new norm?! Like so many other posts to these forums just not sure where and how to start over, how to reconnect. I don't have many friends, they get sorted when you have the "cancer journey" which is a shame, but somewhere in all that l formed a opinion of "just don't want to be a burden or annoy people" I live in Melbourne's west and just feel sad and disconnected.
It really is a combination age, self isolation.... depression anxiety and helplessness.
Did volunteering for the last 4 years, (to keep connected) had my own business for last 6 years (B&B in country) and now time for new beginnings ..or so l thought, but the loneliness, anxiety and depression is crippling.
Not on the scene, never have been, just seemed to have been happy along the way sharing my journey with ex's. Cancer doesn't wear a watch and unfortunately was single at the time of getting on that bus!
Feeling despair, sadness. I am on mild anti depressants and have a ok Doctor...just ok!
l know there is more out there , l have been there. Natt