John has a point.
I feel like I know several hundred catters. Now if each one made their personal concerns and problems a thread topic, we would soon be overrun with such.
Just this last three months I've been surrounded by terminal illness dianoses in close friends, divorce, alcoholism, bankrupcy...get the picture? I've talked with several catters, and their support is comforting. I wouldn't trade my problems/crises for any others in the world, but I can't help but think every single one of us has at least three a year just as serious. This multiplies out to be a very large numeber.
I really prefer personal communications. I've found my close Mudcat friends as well as 3D friends very supportive.