no one can help you unless you are willing to work to help yourself

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Aurora60
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   Posted 8/11/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been so down and drepressed lately and I finally realized no one else can pull me out of it unless I do something to help myself.  I have had a really good weekend so far because I decided to get up and get out.  Yesterday I had a bunch of bills and paper work to do so instead of sitting at home doing this I went to the library and found a nice place to sit and did all of my work there. I happened to run into an old boyfriend and it was great to see him.  Just being at the library made me feel like I was part of the human race.  It was very pleasant.  I also made plans to go out to dinner with an old high school friend and we had a great time talking and catching up on everything.  Today I got up, worked in my garden this morning, got cleaned up and went out.  I went to a housewares/home furnishing store to look at all kinds of things.  My younger son just got a condo and he needs all sorts of things - dishes, pots, glasses, flatware.  I had such a good time looking and now I can take him and help him get what he wants - housewarming gift from Mom!  I also went to the bookstore and sat and browsed and enjoyed looking at many different books and found a good novel and some on sale DVDs.  And since it is so hot here I went and had ice cream.  I really had a great day and I can say that if you put forth some effort you can lift your spirits.  I am alone tonight but I have my DVDs and book and since I am feeling positive about my day I can make it thru the night OK.  I wanted to share this as I have posted so many down and out times and I thought it could be helpful to others who may feel stuck.  I think that a lot of my problem was just being stuck and not knowing what to do and not being able to leave my safety net.  I hope I have helped some of you and that you can have some success too. :-)

els
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   Posted 8/11/2007 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Aurora!! What a positive turn around for you.  I am so glad you have had this realization and had such a wonderful day tongue

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faithfully4you
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   Posted 8/11/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Aurora~
Gosh I admire your strength to get up and go!  A lot of my problem is the actual energy to get up.  I recently started an intensive outpatient therapy group and now I have to get up and go.  However, I have also found that my physical health was not good so therefore my mental health was bad.  I found even eating a little better improved my mood and energy level.  NOW, believe me I am not running marathons by any means but I have been doing short sprints the last couple days.
 
It is true that it is ultimately up to you to help yourself.  If you take care of yourself in every way that you can, eat well, sleep, take meds as prescribed all the other things should fall into place.  I have also found that when I do these basic things, my docs are more apt to listen to me because they see that I am doing everything they say that are basic so then they look a little more seriously into why I still feel bad.
 
The balance is so tight between health and how you feel mentally that both are ao important to take care of.
Teresa
 
 The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.


Aurora60
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   Posted 8/11/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Teresa, you are taking steps in the right direction. I know how hard it is. This weekend I just summoned all my courage and got out. Sometimes it is just baby steps. And you are right about health and how you feel mentally. If you feel better your outlook is better. I am thankful for my progress and also aware that things can turn around with a set back. All we can do is our best and that is what I hope for you. And I hope that the group therapy will help you.
Thanks also to Elisha for your support. It is so nice to have people here to count on. Take care all.

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   Posted 8/11/2007 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Aurora,
 
I can't tell you how excited I am for you!  And didn't you have a nice day.  Hey, tell us more about that old boyfriend you ran into.  We want the whole scoop.
 
You have put a big smile on my face!
 
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Take care!
 
Carla 

Epilepsy, severe adult onset asthma, allergies, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


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   Posted 8/12/2007 2:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Aurora,

This is great news! :-)   Like Carla though, I want all the gossip! lol Hopefully your happiness will be infectious.

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els
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   Posted 8/12/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My goodness Aurora Thank You so much! tongue   you have made me blush..... :-)

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Aurora60
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   Posted 8/12/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,  Thanks for your comments.  I think it is good to share our successes and I would like for my feeling better to help someone else to kmow that you can have good days. As far as the old boyfriend, he was someone I dated in 1988 & 1989 - a long time ago.  He was lots of fun and we did many things together but he is a confirmed bachelor and never really has sustained long term relationships.  We are still good friends though.  I used to run into him more often but hadn't seen him in about a year.  He lives in the same area as me so that is why I see him sometimes.  Will let you know if anything comes of it but I doubt it and that's OK.

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   Posted 8/12/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Aurora~
Take it from me that I know exactly what you are experiencing!!  It is wonderful, comforting, scary, sad, passionate, and someone that you cannot live without!!!  Come on.....you know you cant, lol!
 
I have a man in my life that I have loved, loved and will always love and take every moment I get with him!!!!!
 
Keep your faith and never give up on LOVE :-) , no matter what they say.
Teresa
 
 The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

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