Church: to go or not to go? Is that a question? Or am I making a statement. As a child I went every Sunday with my parents and sister, it was expected and looking back I am so blessed that this was instilled as an important part of life. As an adult I have wavered on attending a building to praise Him. I do truly believe it isn’t necessary to go out to have church and that you can have it wherever you are able. (and no I don’t mean bedside baptist) IMO church is an experience that should enlighten you and make things more understandable as it is written but, not required to have a relationship with Him. I must admit my illness has played a huge part in my missing a lot of life activities. This is not an excuse it’s just my reality. If I were going “out” socializing with friends on weekends and not attending church I would be making excuses. This is not the case. I don’t know why I feel compelled to say this in such a public forum (I was originally going to post this on FB) but, I can count on one hand how many times I have left my home since I moved in last year that wasn’t medically related. Prior to that I’d lived with my parents since 2004 and during that time, except going to work, I remained inside, excluding myself from the world. My friends still invited me out and included me in activities but, my answer was always no and over time the invites stopped. I understood and knew that this didn’t mean my friends weren’t my friends anymore it just meant they were letting me get through what I needed to get through. I did lose some friends but that was ok because dealing with this disease is hard and if you aren’t able to understand it or want to understand it you are better off not in my life.