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Wife of man whose friends ‘vanished’ when he was diagnosed with a cruel disease posts emotional thank you note to his new online mates

 A wife has thanked her husband’s Twitter friends for standing by him
 In a letter she revealed his real-life friends vanished when he got sick, aged 55
He was diagnosed with early onset dementia but found support online

By Belinda Cleary For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:51 GMT, 9 December 2021 | Updated: 01:51 GMT, 9 December 2021

A loving wife has taken to her husband’s Twitter account to share an open letter thanking his online friends for their support.

The woman revealed her husband’s old friends abandoned him when he was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 55.
‘His friends seemed to vanish,’ the woman wrote in the letter.

A loving wife has taken to her husband’s Twitter account to share an open letter thanking his online friends for their support 

‘But now he has more friends than ever before and I thank you for taking Phil into your hearts,’ she continued. 

The friendships Phil has made on Twitter have ‘positively impacted his life’, his wife said, revealing that he stays up late to read out their kind messages of support before he goes to sleep. 
More than 4,000 people reacted to – with many sending love to the middle-aged man as he navigates his new pain medication regime.
‘I am glad he gets some enjoyment from his Twitter friends, as much as we enjoy his comments,’ one man wrote in response to the letter.
Another said that despite never meeting in real life, being Twitter friends with Phil had been wonderful.

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And it turns out the social media platform, which is more often recognised for online spats and trolling, has helped others find friends. 
‘I suffer with depression and PTSD and in the six years of not being able to work Twitter and the amazing people I’ve met here have given much joy, laughter, support, shared tears and anger, and much love,’ one woman said.
Phil’s wife also revealed her husband sometimes gets tired trying to reply to every tweet – but his online friends said there was no need.
‘You don’t have to reply to everything, just be Phil and we are happy with that,’ one man said.

Others shared stories of their own family members fighting dementia, and sent their love to Phil’s entire family. 

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