Welcome, Stitching Star! I'm glad you joined us. Yes, our forum is extremely active because there is a great group of people here with good ideas to help people. AND, as a bonus, we REALLY do care about one another! So, you are now one of the latest additions to our family.
As Marlee said, check out the Fibro 101 thread. There is a ton of info in it to get you started. Also reading back posts is good because there is a world of info in them, too. You can always ask questions because that's what we are here for.
Again, welcome! I hope to hear more from you soon!
Welcome Stitching Star!
I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we are glad to have you here . This is a great group and you will find everyone so helpful and understanding.
Like you, I have a lot of guilt over needing my children more than I wish. My girls are 10, 13, and 15, they are old enough to help out but I still have the guilt. My youngest is really sensitive to others needs and I strongly believe that someday she will work as a therapist. So even though we ask more of our children than we want, I think that in the long run it will work out.
Hi Stiching Star and welcome! This is a great place with lots of caring people and great information.
I also have a teenage daughter, and I too feel guilty sometimes that she has to help out more than her friends do. But, on the flip side, I think living with someone with chronic illnesses has taught her many valuable "life lessons".
She is the most considerate, mature, compassionate teen I know. She is gentle and kind to the elderly and children (I'm making her sound like Mother Teresa). But she is a great kid, and I think some of it comes from learning at an early age that she isn't the center of the universe and that we all have to help each other out and contribute to the family. Plus, when she moves out, she will already know how to clean a bathroom, do laundry, and cook!
But to put things in perspective, she does spend most of her free time on the phone, on the computer, or running around with her friends!
Hugs - Austen
Welcome Stitching Star. What a great screen name. I used to love to stitch too, until my hands got so bad that I had to give it up. Lots and lots of great people here with lots of great advice. It's always nice to have a new member, the more the merrier.
Feel free to vent, give advice or ask questions. We may not always have all the answers, but it's always good to know that someone else knows what you are going thru.
Hi stitching star and Welcome!
I just got fibro 6 months ago and was hit very hard. My youngest son is 17 and has been a tremendous help. He does not volunteer to do anything but when asked he is a trooper with no matter what it is. And at first it was ALOT! I have not heard one complaint out of his mouth these past months. I think they do love us and care. He is also learning about running a household which will be good for when he gets on his own. I am going to teach him how to do laundry now- so there might be some white loads that turn pink and a few wrecked articles of clothing but they have to start somewhere!
I also have a 32 year old son, married to his college sweetheart and am now blessed with 2 beautiful granddaughters. They are such a joy!
It sounds like you have a wonderful family and that you have worked "hard" to get where you are today. (My 17 yr old has Attention Deficit and we have had constant challenges to face). What he has gone through and continues to go through has taught me so much on disabilities among people.
It was so nice to meet you and these are the best people you will ever want to meet! They care!!! We laugh, we cry, we have good days, we have bad days and everything in between. Hope this bad pain your having starts to ease up for you. GamJill