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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
What specific thing have you done that impressed yourself? Something you didn't think you might ever accomplish. Or maybe you didn't think you were brave enough to do it. Is it something that normally you wouldn't have followed through with and this time you DID! What thing can you think of that you are darn proud of???

This time I"m letting you all go first. I'm posting a bit late tonight and I think my brain is asleep...lol

Have fun!
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   Posted 2/9/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an inner ear disorder that makes flying very difficult, but a couple of years ago, I flew to Florida, and I'm planning to do so again later this year. It is unpleasant while I'm doing it, but the trip was worth it.

Maybe I'll stop by and see Sherrine this time. ;)

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   Posted 2/9/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I was affraid to start my plant nursery and fresh floral, but I did it. But then fibro set in, so that was a disappointment. But I did do it. Also the wreath making at Christmas time. I still do that. And it is a huge accomplishment for me.
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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
For several years I had horrible anxiety and panic attacks when driving. I never gave into it but it was a nightmare at times and I didn't go anywhere I didn't have to. This was so aggravating and frustrating to me cause I believe the ultimate freedom is to get in your car and go wherever you want whenever you want.
After I started genealogy I needed to make a 4 1/2 hr drive to do research and couldn't expect DH to drop everything and go everytime I wanted to do some research. I kept thinking about the person I had been before that would go anywhere any time I wanted or needed to by plane, train or automobile all over this country. If I could make it through San Francisco airport with a 30 lb baby and all our carry ons and not miss a plane, as I had done one time, I could do anything.
I wanted to be that woman again, Mrs. Independent. I announced to my DH that I was going to go by myself and do some research. This was on Sat and I planned on leaving Mon morning. I also told him I didn't know how far I would make it but I had to try. I took a xanax on Mon morning packed the car and left. I took a secondary highway with lots of little towns along the way if I had to stop. Our cell phones weren't even working right that morning but didn't let that bother me I was determined. I did have to stop once and take another half xanax but every mile I traveled made me more determined. When I got to the little town I was going to and seen the motel I would be staying at the tears starting flowing. For some climbing to the top of a mountain might be a great feat or winning a marathon but to me making a 4 1/2 hr trip by myself gave me that feeling.
After that it was a walk in the park for me to go do research whenever I wanted or whenever my family got to me and I used genealogy as an excuse to drive down there to get away for a few days.
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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I spent my entire adult life scrupulously avoiding gyms, health clubs, anything that looked like it might be full of painful equipment and hard bodies. While I walked, biked, etc., I hated the thought of "working out."

In the past year, I've made myself go to the fitness center at least three times a week for a good, sweaty workout and cardio. I'm so proud and happy to say that I finally found my inner endorphins and learned to love it and need it. I even found that if I'm having a bad pain day, carefully chosen exercise seems to make me hurt less.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Unlike most teenagers, I was not excited about the idea of driving. I went to driving class in HS, passed the written test, did the driving every day for the whole quarter and dreaded every minute of it. The night before my test my father took me out to practice, it was horrible. I ended up failing the test and decided I never wanted to drive, EVER!
I went to college and worked f/t, I either walked there or took a bus or cab. Never missed a day of work or school.
Yrs later, I had my children. I would walk them wherever we had to go, if my DH was working. When my older son was about 10, he wanted to take this summer computer class - at a different grade school. I would have to drive. I made myself drive and he had such a great experience in this class. It truly made the difference in his approach to school, gave him such confidence.
As a child, I was never able to join groups - GS or such, b/c my mother didn't drive and my father's work took him away most of the wk. I just didn't want my children to miss out on the fun things. I needed to get my courage up and I did!
Many yrs later when each of my children came of age to learn to drive, the schools stopped the classes. I taught each of my 3 children to drive, they each passed on their first test. I was so proud of them and also of myself. My SIL (DH's sis) made a joke about how that was so funny, how I didn't drive for yrs and ended up teaching my children.
I have done other things that I'm proud of, but that makes me especially happy. My children saw that I put my fear behind me and TRIED and WON!
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was a teenager I wouldn't go to college because of my failure in math skills. 
I did go on to Cosmetology School and passed the state board test, but there wasn't very much math to it.
I am now a para-educator and work with an autistic child one on one. 
about three years ago the school board made a rule that to keep my job I either had to have an associate degree or take another state board test that required a lot of math.  I panicked and just about decided that I would quit my job that I loved dearly.
A friend talked me into trying for the test.  I studied hard for it and nearly had a nervous breakdown the day that I took it, but I did pass it even though I did miss some of the math questions. 
Now I'm so glad that I went ahead and tried.  It gave me a little more confidence in myself, which I've always been in need of.
God Bless!
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!

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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
im 21 years old, a professional over seas photographer, in pre-vet school and a strong willed women, i think thats pretty darn good!

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"in my eyes, if you standing there facing a pitbull its better to stay where you are instead of running away, at least it wont have the chance to bite you in the butt, so dont run from your problems, face them." - House MD

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   Posted 2/9/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I really can't think of anything I have done. I have read all these stories, and I realize I have lived a pretty sheltered life. But there is one thing that sticks out in my mind. Before I met my hubby, I was with this guy who was really abusive. Abusive in any way a person can be abusive. But I thought that I loved him, so I stuck it out. One Halloween, he was grounded, so I went trick-or-treating with a friend of mine. That was the night I met my hubby. It was a lot of fun. Shortly after, I told my bf at the time that I wanted a break...some time to think about things. Apparently he didn't see us not being together because when I told him I had slept with someone else he flipped. (FYI, I was into a really bad patch in my life.) That was the night I really saw just how crazy he was. I broke it off with him for good and he really flipped. He lit the pants I was wearing on fire. (The knees had holes.) He tried to force himself on me. In order to get away, two mutual friends of ours came over,though now I can't remember how they knew to come, and I was able to leave. He stalked me for a long time, but I was away from him. But the damage he had done was hard to reverse. I started partying really hard. But, then, I started hanging out with the man who would become my hubby, and he helped me turn my life back around.
Anyways. I had battered woman's syndrome. But, somehow, something broke inside, and I was able to leave the man who was abusing me. I will always be proud of how I stuck up for myself.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss

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   Posted 2/9/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
These stories are wonderful. Thank you Chutz for the wonderful thread.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
The end of my junior year in high school students had to choose courses for the upcoming
year. I  had an interest in architecture and wished that I could take architectural
drafting. The year was 1969 and that class was not offered to females at my school.
I went to the guidance counselor and pleaded my case, saying how unfair it was. The
guidance counselor talked to the drafting teacher. The teacher said I couldn't take the
class because I didn't meet the requirement of taking Drafting I and II. I argued how
could I if the classes were not offered to females.
A decision was made to let me take the class. They said because I had a three years
of Art and good grades I could probably manage.
I felt great that I fought for something I wanted and felt like I opened the door for
other students.
PS  I've really enjoyed reading everyone's stories

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   Posted 2/9/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine's kind of off the wall. I designed and made all of my grandaughter's clothes when she was born. There is nothing out there
for a 4 pounder. She was so tiny she fit in the palm of my man's hand. We took her to the State Fair when she was 4 days old
with a sweat suit I made and covered her with a ball cap. Doll clothes don't fit as they aren't designed to fit the diapers and
shoulders. A 99 cent remnant made either a shirt or a pair of pants. Her Halloween outfit was cute. tongue

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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
This forum is made up of a lot of strong women that will fight for what they want. I think we have the same attitude when it comes to fighting fibro.
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   Posted 2/11/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
A hard thing that I have done is to pursue help for my daughter. With my husband working most of the time, I have had to take her all over to all sorts of doctors for all sorts of tests. I've taken her 2 states away by myself for tests several times. Then watching all the bills come in because her deductible is $5K. Every year since she was in Kindergarten battling with the school why she was absent so often when none of the tests ever showed anything. And battling with the teachers over homework. I would fight with her at home for hours to accomplish very little only to find that the teacher would never let her go to recess & make her come right back after lunch to do more homework. She had undiagnosed double vision in addition to her illness. I have often said I felt like I am always swimming in mud uphill. It has been very emtionally draining, but I have to stay strong for her! And as for my daughter? She is turning into a compassionate, strong, independent thinking, beautiful woman.
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