Living Your Best Life – one thing….

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Hello all you wonderful people who chose to stop by today, it is always so good to see you again. It seems if the weeks are coming around a lot faster these days, or it is just me?!

Here in The United States we will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week. This time of year is my absolute favorite, the beautiful trees, the cooler (but not cold) weather which appeals to my being as I am able to spend more time out-of-doors.

So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I was wondering if you can think of one positive thing that has come as a result of your chronic illness?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is such an honor for me to join in your discussions.

71 thoughts on “Living Your Best Life – one thing….

  1. The one positive thing for me was when my doctor prescribed Duloxetine which is an antidepressant that works on the keeping the pain gates in our brains closed. This way we do not have to suffer from excruciating pains. I am so happy to be able to sleep all night with out much pain at all. Most of the slight pain I feel is from sleeping on my right side. I am waiting for surgery to repair some torn ligaments in my right shoulder. Plus, it helps very very much with my chronic pain. God was good that day when I asked for help before i went to see my doctor. I hope if you have not tried this medication ask your doctors about it. I heard it from my Pain Doctor who said it works wonders but he could not prescribe it. He also puts people to sleep before operations are performed an anesthesiologist. I had to look on line for the spelling lol Lots of love and success with chronic pain everyone !! Thanks for sharing Wendi !! Love you my good friend !!

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    • Thank you so very much James for sharing. I am thrilled that you have found something that works for you to reduce pain and you can sleep. Sleep is so very important to our health. Thank you so very much for sharing, I hope today is treating you well, many blessings.

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  2. I think I listen better, am much more forgiving when someone can’t make it, or they end up having to leave early. Of course, it’s usually me who has to do those things!
    I’m not afraid to advocate for myself.
    Meeting so many lovely people who “get it”

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    • These are GREAT comments Wendy! I agree with you on every – single – one……..I am much for compassionate and understanding too and meeting awesome people just like you has been a HUGE win. I hope today is being nice to you……..you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. I do love your questions, dear Wendi!
    I think God had many positive things in mind for me with my health issues. I know I was running blindly and blithely about, wherever I wanted, and doing / eating whatever I wanted, not paying any attention to how God created me, nor any attention to the fact that He wanted me to be a good steward. I had great health for many, many years (along with being overweight by very much). My issues began only about ten years ago, and I can look back and see that I was not a good steward of His gifts to me. I am reminded of the story of the shepherd and the lamb with the broken leg:
    The good shepherd had a lamb he loved, a good and healthy lamb. But the lamb kept running off and getting into trouble. Again and again, the shepherd found his lost lamb (always in trouble) and brought him back to safety. The shepherd tried gently to discipline the lamb, to keep it safe; but the lamb would not learn. Finally, the shepherd had to break the lamb’s leg so that it could not run off. He had to do that, in love, to protect his lamb.
    God “broke my leg,” so to speak, so that I would learn to abide in Him, and to love abiding in Him.

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  4. Illness has taught me to appreciate good health. It is the most important lesson Iโ€™ve learned. When I have pain, I am grateful for the days I am passing free. After my knee replacement, I am grateful daily for the blessings of the technology and means to get it done.

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    • this is beautiful Renee………when you live with illness it is so much easier to understand others’ trials. Thank you so very much for sharing Renee and thank you for always being to kind.

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    • I LOVE this Eddie……..that you have learned to see with your senses……this is a huge gift to all of those that you interact with………and for us, it allows us to “see” those who may not be worthy of our time. Thank you so much for sharing Eddie…….I always appreciate your visits. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Well, I’d have a pretty long list. One is it had made me more empathetic towards others who are suffering. Another is the realization that we can always serve God, even with limitations, even if it’s different from what we’re used to. Another is the value of rest. Right after TM, I had to pace myself and plan rest times or I’d just crash. Another is more dependence on God. Another is realizing the value of what I do. When I couldn’t do anything, and all my usual tasks fell on my family, mainly my husband, I saw the extra burden and stress it put on them. Doing dishes and laundry may not seem that important, but it’s a help to be able to do them again.

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    • What a beautiful list Barbara and I appreciate you taking time to write them out here. I believe that the vast majority of those of us who live chronically ill have all become more compassionate………..we know how hard life can be and we have also been on the side of not receiving compassion or understanding. And yes! it is amazing how we can still serve God, even if it is from our beds………..thank you again for sharing……..I hope today is treating you well!

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  6. I am glad you are enjoying autumn, Wendi, I also like it before it gets really cold. I agree this year has flown past. Both my sons suffer from chronic ailments and when I used to sit in the hospital for hours and hours, I was always grateful that my boys weren’t that bad. They are very treatable. Some of the children had conditions for which there is limited medical help available and that is much worse than my problems.

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  7. Thank you for sharing!!.. the positive thought here on the path is, illness or no illness, keep and open mind, follow one’s heart and live life!… โ€œYesterday is a memory, tomorrow remains a mystery, today is a new adventure. Greet it with open arms, a open heart, a open mind and a smile. Enjoy it because it won’t come again.โ€ (Larry โ€œDutchโ€œ Woller )… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  8. I don’t know if this counts, but having an incurable STI has proved to be quite a good judge of character when I bring it up with potential partners. Some people I feel are “unsafe” to bring it up with, like I don’t trust them, and that shows to me who makes me feel safe and who doesn’t. Its gifted me better discernment. xxx

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    • having an incurable anything is horrible and i am so very sorry you are having to deal with this. I am happy to read that it has given you the ability to tell who you feel more comfortable sharing this with and who you don’t. Being able to judge another’s character is a huge gift. Thank you so very much for your willingness to share…….

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