One board I was on had a woman who kept up her story for at least 2 years. She had the most incredible string of tragedy happen to her, during the time she was posting, several family members died, she had serious back surgery, and then fell out of bed at the hospital and needed more surgery. Then rehab, and treatment for depression, and her son was arrested for drugs. Two of her beloved pet dogs died, she married her long time bf, and then he was killed in an industrial accident, her brother died before he could see his son born, then when she went to visit the fatherless baby, she fell and broke her back again.
She finally left the board when someone accused her of lying. She was posting about her trip to Florida, to meet her nephew for the first time, and we finally had enough. So someone linked to her post from a year previously where she posted the exact same thing. She never came back.
It just went on and on. Someone posted a link to this article on people who fake illness for attention
and now I am suspicious of a lot more people. It's so easy to lie for attention, if that's what you crave.