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Gamma
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   Posted 9/1/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
What have I learned?  I have learned that life, no matter how bad it gets is still a gift.  I have learned that when I think my troubles have become unbearable all I have to do is look around and it is easy to find someone who is in worse shape than me.  Like my young neighbor, who at the tender age of 18, crashed his ATV and became a parapalegic.  Or my other neighbor who is only 10 yrs. older than me and has been driving himself 180 miles roundtrip, once a week for chemotherapy for the last 7 years.
 
I have learned to take each day, each hour as it comes.  Planning things only leads to disappointment.  I have learned that on a bad day that whether I like it or not I have to take it easy and that on a good day I have to  pace myself and not overdue.  I have learned that as the years go by and my life changes so do my conditions.  As I have learned in over the 50 years that I have dealt with fibro, and picked up sooo many other things along the way, it is necessary to constantly adapt.  I have learned that acceptance of what I can not change is a lot less work that trying to fight a losing battle.  I have learned that life is as pleasant or unpleasant as you make it.  As they say, every cloud has a silver lining.  I have learned that the really important things in my life only continue to get better.  My hubby's love, affection and concern have only grown deeper over the years.  My son and grandson are always a source of strength and joy.  These things can not be affected by anything that my conditions can do to my body.  I have learned that maintaining a positive attitude has a lot more benefits than feeling sorry for myself. (Not that I don't have a good old fashion pity party for myself once in a while.)  Even that can be a good thing, it cleanses my soul and washes away the depressing thoughts.
 
I have learned that you don't have to be face to face with someone or talking to them on the telephone to share the good and bad with good friends.  Thank you all for being here.
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, TMJ,  Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Neuropathy, Trigeminal neuralgia, heel spurs
 
 


Southernlady
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   Posted 9/1/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so right........Thank you for putting it all into words.  Everything you said was true.
 
I'm so thankful for all my friends I have met on this forum.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


GamJill
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   Posted 9/1/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
That was such a good post Gamma-

It is a post that could be read everyday.

I feel blessed to have found everyone here too. GamJill
 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Zanaflex


getting by
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   Posted 9/1/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not too long ago somebody sent me a forward and in it, it said:
 
Yesterday is history
 
Tomorrow but a mystery
 
Today is a gift
 
That's why it is called the 'present'
 
I really like it and it reminds me of what you wrote.  I too cherrish life for what it is and try not to worry about the future. 
And not to dwell on the past.  To take each day (minute) as it comes.  To realize that there are always others worse off than myself. 
 
I keep life simple so that I am able to appreciate the smallest things and that works.  But to be able to move around and accomplish something is enough for me.  I don't expect a lot out of life, that way the smallest joy is to be appreciated. 
 
But the best thing I can say is take it one day at a time, that is all that we can do with fibromyalgia.
 
Best wishes to all,
 
Hugs,  ...Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
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Gamma
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   Posted 9/1/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Karen,

I've heard that quote before too, it really does sum up so much in such a few sentances.  It's one of my favorites.


Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, TMJ,  Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Neuropathy, Trigeminal neuralgia, heel spurs
 
 


Fairlight6
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   Posted 9/1/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Words to remember, thank you. I'm printing that out and hanging it on the wall!
Jane
 
Fibromyalgia (diagnosed in 1994), osteoarthritis,spondylolisthesis, chronic vertigo, anxiety disorder
 
lisinopril (10mg), Celebrex 3 days a week for arthritis, occasional ibuprofen, meclizine for vertigo, 10mg Ambien nightly for sleep


mamanan
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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Gamma, your post came at such a good time for me. I was having a bad day yesterday and feelign more than a little sorry for myself. Thank you for putting it all into perspective for me. (((HUGS)))
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/2/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
So very well put Gamma. This is our lives and it's up to us what we do with it. We can waste it feeling sorry for ourselves or we can do the best we can everyday to live life to the fullest. And I don't think anyone has to look to far to find someone worse off than they are. This forum has been a godsend and I do feel sorry for those that haven't found it. Everyone needs a place like this to bring their problems to whether they have fibro or not. We are family.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/2/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
This was beautifully said, Gamma!  You are absolutely correct in all areas.  It is so important to keep a positive outlook on life and always look for the positive in any situation.  It's there, believe it or not!
 
Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful, thoughtful post!
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


jev
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gamma! You could not have put that any better because I believe that every ounce of it is true! There will always be somebody who is feeling or doing better than you and there will always be many who are doing or feeling far worse than any of us can ever imagine.

I don't know if you are a rock music fan or not but there is a rock group who is still alive and kicking from the 80's called Asia. They have a new album called Phoenix and the last song on the album is called "This Is An Extraordinary Life". It's about the lead singer's (John Wetton) troubled last couple of years of life and his serious brush with death. It has become my mantra, my daily inspiration for life, from now till my own death. I even want this played at my funeral/memorial as a message for celebrating life for those I leave behind. If this truly simplistic but amazing song can inspire just one other person to follow the right path of outlook and attitude, then I consider it a gift to be shared!

Gentlest of hugs,
John


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John (53)
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Dx'd June 2008 with Fibromyalgia & CFS  possibly caused by chronic Epstein-Barr virus (many years of ongoing symptoms.....recently worsening)......also, previously dx'd sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, low testosterone, high cholesterol, heart arrythmia & headaches (all types)
 
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Several meds too numerous to list or remember!


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
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