When video games become a 'lifeline'

July 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM ET

Reine Warden has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by loose joints, easily bruised and hyperelastic skin and fragile blood vessels. The chronic illness can be very painful, which means Warden often spends "a lot of time shut up at home," as she phrases it.
But even though she's stuck at home, she's not alone: Warden connects with her friends through video games, which she says have become her "lifeline." 
"Video games not only give me something normal that I can do, something normal I can do with my friends, but they also get me outside of myself," Warden says. Watch this video for more from Warden on how video games have helped her deal with her condition.