Chronic illnesses can impact someone physically, mentally, and emotionally. People often assume that if they open up about their difficult experiences, they may not be understood or received well. When people realize that their loved ones are willing to hear their experiences and meet them where they are, there is an immense relief. It can be challenging for you to understand what they are feeling and uncomfortable for them to explain it. This is why living with a chronic illness can feel isolating and lonely.