I'm not ashamed to admit that I have never met some of my Facebook friends. Although these "online friends" constitute a very small minority of the friends I have on Facebook and some of them have somewhat restricted access to my profile, they're still my friends. Most of these people I have been online friends with long before Facebook even existed, which means I've "known" some of them for over 15 years. That is quite the long time. I got to know them through a newsgroup, back in the day when people still usually wrote their opinions in their own names.
The other day I found out one of these friends had passed way, from cancer. I never met him and he lived on the other side of the world, but I'm still sad. One of our group members wrote: "Some of us know each other personally, some just through the group but it doesn't matter. We were (and are) a misfit family." It is extremely sad to lose a member of that family. He was a wonderful, fun-loving person, only a few years older than me. I know he fought for quite some time and I hope he is at peace now.
When there's bad news, there's often some good news to balance things out.
Our I-130 petition for spousal visa was approved and our immigration process is going forward!
Take care everyone!