There is no time limit on coping

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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
There is no time limit on coping. I have learned there are stages of coping.
For me there are days I can take things in with flare pain, go about
my day feeling happy go lucky...and somedays hard to accept that I am not able
to do what I did before my diagnosis.
The point I'm trying to make is ok to feel sad sometimes, but not to dwell
in it. I think we all have low days where a good cry is needed and there is nothing
wrong with that.
I do know that I have control over some situations like my eating habits and
learned that exercise is not optional. I know how bad I feel if I don't. I know
that hanging out with my friends makes me laugh. Although I no longer am able
to golf or play tennis with hubby we can still enjoy the outdoors together.
Realizing I'm more than my diagnoses has helped me cope.
Initially, I cried, I mourned and today I take one day at a time working on
acceptance...I just know that my attitude plays a big part of how I feel and
working to stay positive is a good thing.
Wishing wonderful days for us all!
Hugs, Robin wink

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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
What an awesome reminder. I am pretty new to all of this so I have not gotten to the full acceptance just yet. I struggle with knowing we need for me to be working...but I can't. I do what I can...and some days I am ok with that but I do have my days I struggle. Maybe with time I will find the balance and peace that you seem to have. Thanks for sharing.
Trying to keep my focus...

Fibro, deg/bulg discs in neck, rotator cuff tear, exteme nerve pain in hands after carpal tunnel on both, multiple foot surgeries with pain still, IBS, tension headaches, (Lap band)

Savella, MS contin, Vicoden, claritin, prilosec, flonase, vitamins, calcium

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   Posted 9/13/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Robin, For me I have had fibro for so long I cant imagine not having it. I guess as far as acceptance I had to do that years ago in order to maintain my sanity. For me I always pushed it back and tried to never let it control my life. I did have days where I would cry out of frustration when it would move on to another area and I had to get used to the new area hurting. But for a long time for me it was raising my kids and then Charles was dx'd with MS so that became a priority.
I think the hardest thing for me now is that the cancer and the chemo are making things even harder to do. I was so lucky last time not to have the nausea but this time it is kicking me. I just have to keep reminding myself that this too shall pass.
Gentle Hugs
DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
When I get where Im going dont cry for me down here. (Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton)

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   Posted 9/14/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your encouraging words. I have decided to take it one day at a time. Part of the Lord's prayer is, give us THIS day our daily bread. So I believe that everything I need for this day will be provided for me. I am usually so friends would call me Positive Polly! It's ok to cry, actually I feel so much better today! I got up and did 5 min on the bike. Just so much to take in, forms, doc appts, choices..and when you feel like you've been sailing on a boat for a week..that is overwhelming!

Shirley, I am so sorry that you are dealing with so much. I send prayers ang gentle hugs.

Fibromyalgia,degenerative disc disease,depression,asthma
Cymbalta,ultram,neurotin,soma,vicodin for breakthrough pain
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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Good post, something we all do have to struggle with everyday.

I'm really sorry you're feeling sick, Shirley. That's got to be one of the hardest things.

...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
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