I don't see you as whining when you say no one talks to you..
I have been here over 3 weeks and no one talks to me either. I have written people and asked if I could add them as a friend..1 person did..several wrote back and told me 'shove' off (they didn't use 'shove' but profanity is not allowed here)!
I am here because I am carrying too much fat on my body..perhaps that repels people to see my pic(that I took down)..this is life and death for me to lose weight..I want to enjoy what years I have left on this planet. The approval of other people is not needed . . yet it is a lonely journey here among 12 million members!
I don't call it whining..I share my heart so the weight of anguish doesn't cause me ruin by holding it in!
It makes me happy to hear your brother is doing well in spite of the odds against him. I hope he can find peace in his body and his pain subsides for him..my heart goes out to him!