If you are chronically ill and debating getting a dog, DO IT! If it's at all possible for your situation, that is. Archie has been the best medicine we've ever purchased for me.
For so long we debated getting a dog. Cost was a big issue. Dogs are EXPENSIVE. And to be honest we couldn't really afford one. However we knew how helpful dogs could be in the recovery and mental wellness of people who are chronically ill.
Jeremy convinced me that it was time to stop waiting for the time where we were more financially secure and to make a long term investment in my health.
We adopted the PERFECT dog for me. His favourite thing in the world is to cuddle. When I feel sick or sad, Archie is right next to me. He follows me everywhere and makes me laugh constantly with his clumsy playful personality. He's very low energy and doesn't like huge walks.
While I'm home alone all day, Archie is a friend who i can talk to and play with. He's always so excited to hang out with me, even when I'm terribly grumpy. I also have someone to take care of instead of always thinking about myself.