Austen, Can I just say "ditto"? That's about the extent of my mental energy, right now.
I have wanted to say to you that I am a Jane Austen fan too. When I am laying on the couch I usually can be found watching one of the movies made from her books. I have read most of them & the anything I can find about her life. Hugs, Denise
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety
Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren
As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
Hi Austen. I joined another forum about a year and a half ago that has to do with another aspect of my life also. I will say that I asked a question about Restless Leg even though it really didn't have anything to do about the real focus of the forum but I saw others asking similar questions. The first response I got was a moderator telling me it sounded like I had MS. I told her I was 61 years old and the doc wouldn't even test me for it as I am too old for initial onset MS. Plus I had been tested for it twice in the 90's. She did not stop there and directed me to all kinds of MS forums and sent me info on this disease and she scared the crap out of me. I just about had a nervous breakdown because the rest of them joined in and started diagnosing me with all kinds of horrible diseases. I reported her to the administration and never went back again.
It took me months to join this forum because I was so afraid of the same experience, but after reading the posts and the kind, sensitive responses decided this was the place for me. I know fibro mimics other disorders and I can't honestly say that I don't think that somehow I got misdiagnosed sometime over the years, but for now, I have Fibro...was dx'd with it twice.
So, I know how you feel. I am staying away from sites that think they are doctors. Oh...have you ever looked at a Meniere's forum? Just wondering if they have anything new that is helping people.
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I also joined another forum before I found this one. It was nothing like it is here. Like others said, I was ignored & there was not the warm caring feeling that you get here.
The moderators do make a big difference. They have time & time again proved that they care about helping others. They know what they are talking about and if they don't, then they direct you to the right place.
I have noticed the way they step in when needed and are always making sure that no post goes unanswered. We are not only lucky to have a great group of members, but so very lucky that our moderators keep it that way!
I am thankful every day that I found this place. That's why we always have lurkers who finally join. They too can feel the way everyone here treats each other and they feel comfortable here. Of course we have our fun, too!
Wow, I must be in a sentimental mood today! Sorry this is so long, but I am very grateful to have a place I know I can go where people understand and care.
Never regret something that made you smile!
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Austen, No I have not read that book but as soon as I can get my hands on it I will. Have you read the memiors of Jane Austen written by her nephew after her death? Wow, talk about good. I bought a copy of "Persuasion" & it was included in that book. He remembers her from when he was a child & went to her funeral. Really good insight into the family & the times they lived in.
I watch all the different versions of the movies & have my favorites of each. Nothing better then to put on my fluffy bathrobe & comfy slippers, grab my bed buddy, a latte & chocolate & pop in a movie. I am all set for the evening. How fun, hugs, Denise