flower what you said makes perfect sense! I think it is easier to be compassionate and sensitive to a persons condition, when you have also experienced the same or similar condition first hand. Because you are not sympathizing with the person but instead you are empathizing with that person and there is a world of difference between the two! Anyone can show sympathy to somebody, but not everyone can show empathy! But here, at this forum you get "empathy" and as defined by Taber's cyclopedic Empathy is: "objective awareness of and insight into the feelings, emotions, and behavior of another person and their meaning and significance," Doesn't that pretty well describe most all the folks here? I am glad that you want to join us and become a part of the forum!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV