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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 9/12/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Friends,

I'm curious if any of you have a particular person or group that inspires you to keep keep working at managing your pain? I think of people like Michael J. Fox with his Parkinsons Disease, or Terry Fox (not related) who attempted to run across Canada as an amputee to raise money and awareness regarding Cancer. Others I think of are Lance Armstrong, Rick Hansen (The Man in Motion), Susan Komen...the list goes on. I think of all these heros and heroines...and my favourite is probably Nick Vujicic

One of my biggest heros is a kid named Sam, who is 6 years old. I've known his Mom and Dad and sister Talia for a number of years, and I've been a part of Sam's story from the beginning. I hope it's okay for me to post this link - Mods, if it's not okay, would you let me know?

Sam is incredibly bright and curious about everything, and he has a huge heart as well (in fact, his heart works extra well now after he had open heart surgery in Canada to fix a hole that had never been detected before).

I hope this helps each of you just a tiny bit to know that obstacles can be beaten, and to never give up hope.

Scroll to 23:31 on the video to see Sam's story.

Mods, please let me know if I shouldn't have posted this. Thanks.


Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 9/13/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   

   Dear Pam,

     I wish I could say someone inspires me. But, I don't really know anyone like that. I don't even watch TV. Those extra minutes of time I just sit and enjoy the sunset or sunrise. I do feel guilty when someone says "Oh did you hear about ___" on the news. I don't know what they are talking about. Or when people make references to television shows and I am not fast enough to figure out they are talking about media. I do turn the television on.. but often my thoughts stray and I just do not have the attention span or patience.

     When I was a young girl I struggled with my life. After I was finally safe, I looked to myself. I was proud of myself. It felt so good to be strong enough to make sure I was OK. I think the only thing that truly inspires me to keep going, is me. I like life. I like sun on my face, dry winds, birds chirping. Clean skin and soft hair. Smell if cooking meals and furniture polish. Warm laundry from the dryer and cold tile floors in the morning. Sleepy children's yawns and early morning "I love you "s. I love so many small parts of life that I just want to experience these things again and again. It never seems enough. No matter how old, or sick or safe I am. No matter how many time I experience these things. Weird no? I sound like a crazy woman.... Perhaps, I am.

     Oh yes! Your link is fine, but it is a link to a long list of "news programs" for the entire month. If you send me a link or tell me the day of the one you want, I can turn it into a "hot link" for you  :-)

*warm hugg*

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Monty's Mom
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 9/13/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
This is probably going to sound very corny to some but as corny as it is, I find inspiration from them.
My inspiration are the ladies of my church, old and young. We all have struggles and many of them have faced things unimaginable to others. The ladies in my church have seen it all and still are strong women in faith, love, and kindness. Many have lost parents, husbands, and some children, but still make time for others, graciously helping and at times just listening. Others have faced amazing odds medically and are still kicking! There are a few that are elderly and ill, but still manage to hang the clothes on the line everyday and cook meals for the loved ones that are left. They come into church in their Sunday best every week without fail, unless a hospitalization keeps them away. When it comes time to care for a family in need, make a meal for the community, or run a fundraiser, we all line upto assemble, cook, bake or create whatever is needed at the time. They work together like a well-oiled machine, but still gracefully accept the younger generations and teach patiently if the knowledge is not already present.
A few ladies in particular still have their own farms or gardens, working the land and canning the harvests as well as caring for families, the church, and finding time for friends. The inspiration is that no matter what has been placed in their paths or how badly it may have been for a time, they get up every day secure in their place in life and confident that the Lord will provide anything that may be needed for that day. They live day to day and, at times, moment to moment through wars, deaths, poverty, hardship, and a host of other things. I keep thinking of a mother and wife who helps me greatly, watching her care for her girls that are grown yet still secure in the knowledge that staying home caring for family is the greatest job she has ever had. I have never told her that she helps simply by being herself, strong in faith and full of self worth even though a stay at home mom.
To me inspiration is seeing a clothesline full of fresh and clean clothes billowing and snapping in the breeze.
Sorry for the corny moment!
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw

Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcriptionist I must say ureteral calculus!

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Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 9/13/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Nick Vujcic inspried me, as well as Joni Eareckson Tada, but also many people who I know who aren't famous. My dad has been living with chronic pain and health problems for so long and he still does whatever he can. He took care of a teenage boy some time ago, tutoring him, but also going on walks with him (the boy had a pretty disfunctional and aggressive family and his dad had left and he had been in a bit of trouble), went to the police with him when it seemed like he had done something which, as it turned out, he hadn't done, even took the boy to the doctor and a specialist. The boy had had constant headaches and it turned out to be a horrible diagnosis, some brain tumor. The mother didn't cooperate and yet, my dad tried his best to help the boy and tell his mother what her son needed until there were too many uncomfortable truths for her to face and she refused to cooperate any longer.

My mother is an inspiration for me too. She raised four daughters, crushed her knee in 1996 and that was extreme pain and yet always kept going. So many things happened to her and she was emotionally harmed by the fundamentalist church we used to go to, but she worked through it all, worked through the trouble when she started teaching again and is a great teacher now and not only my wonderful mother, but also a very good friend to me.

And my bf. I don't want to go into details here, but he did have to go through some hard times too, but has an amazing attitude which I'm learning a lot from. he gives a lot and just gets his reward from giving while also being able to say no when people go too far. He is quiet and subtle, but people do remember him and he has been so patient, accepting and loving towards me. He keeps telling me not to dwell on the past and the more I practise it, the easier it gets. We can't change the past, so why waste energy on grieving about it instead of taking care of the future!

Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to make this short and sweet!

Many of the members here on HW have been an inspiration to me. Chutz, Dani, Pete, Suzane, Mikel, Privey, WB, Palady, Straydog, Lindaloo, Tina, retiredmom, flower123, MMMNAVY, Fatherjohn, Chartreux,.......the list will go on don't take offense if just because you did not see you're name listed here.

I cannot tell you how many of these members make me blush about my own little CP I look at their daily post, and their medical history.

Yes, there are a few celebrity's who make the news, but the members here, and especially the Mods inspire me! Reminds me of the Movie "Against all Odds"

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