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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/15/2009 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope your weekend is good to you. One thing I've noticed recently that has my emotions going sideways is....we have a LOT of new members joining us each week. I've also noticed it on other forums too. More and more people! It's good and it's not so good. Not good because more people are in need, but good because at least they are here where we can all talk with one another and for me that's the best medicine in the world.

When I see new people who are frightened or worried I think back to when I joined the forum. The minute I typed my first post I knew I was in the right place....I was home. I not only have learned how to work with my medical team but how to do things for myself. No doctor is going to teach you that. wink So my question today is...when you first came to Healing Well, what good feelings did you have and how has joining this group affected your life?

I don't have to explain much because I've said most of it above but early on I wanted to volunteer to help others and have been doing it for several years. It's nothing someone else can't do just as well, but for me it's therapeutic and comforting when I can help others find what they are looking for. It's how I enjoy the forum.

And YOU?
The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. — Alexander Chalmers

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Fibromyalgia, PTSD, UC, Diabetic on insulin, collapsed disk, arthritis scattered around and a few other delights.

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 94
   Posted 11/15/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
OOOH, well . .
I only joined about a week ago. & to be totally honest its made everyday living with this pain easier. its nice knowing I have support; pretty much 24/7. ofcorse writing my first post was abit nervy - everyone is alot older then i am! but it wasnt necissary at all :) 
before i found this forum; i really was struggling. it was hard, because unless you have had chronic pain; you dont really understand.
I wanto thank everyone for their support; you guys are the best
~ Love Always; Erinxo

Loin Pain Haematuria Syndrome  - A Painful & Rare Kidney Disease .
Finish Each Day & Be Done With It. You Have Done What You Could. You've Tried Your Best. 
Tomorrows A New Day; Begin It With A Smile

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 1713
   Posted 11/15/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have met so many wonderful people on Healing Well. Not only have I met them here on the forum, but on the chat site as well. As a matter of fact, I have made some lifelong friends here.

The support is wonderful, but like many of you have said before, it is just like a family here. Everyone here seems to be wanting to help others as well. Every time one of us responds to a thread, we are trying to help another soul. I love it here and will never leave!!

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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 773
   Posted 11/15/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I found Healing Well through a google search!  I started to read the posts and wasn't sure if I wanted to put my feelings out there for everyone to see!  As I read I began to identify with so many, my thoughts, my challenges were being posted by people who were living a life similar to mine!  Mostly, I felt my heart become compassionate, empathetic and loving to people who KNEW exactly what I was living!
Somewhere in the CP cycle I lost my PURPOSE, I had worked in the Medical Field all of my career, I was used to giving not receiving!  For the first time in many years I felt safe to share and receive with no fear of judgements!
With HW I have found a FAMILY, we have a bond that I haven't found with my personal family and friends!
I can hardly wait to come on to HW and read everyone's posts.  Although, I don't always reply I ALWAYS read and feel so much better even if its a really bad day for me!
Thank you everyone for being there for me EVERYDAY!!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 453
   Posted 11/15/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on the HW ostomy site and tapped on to the list of forums and found the CP by accident and I'm sure glad I did. The empathy and compassion are unmeasurable and just what I needed. I still go to the ostomy site and C3Life for my ostomy support but for my chronic pain this is it!!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 9664
   Posted 11/15/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I found HW thru a google search too...and my first postings were with the Asthma Forum, as it seemed like a good place,
Well, then my back pain started acting up and I would look at posts here in the CP forums and well it seemed like a good
place...I sure miss some of the older posters like TinMan, TexasJen, and I think Glenn (quahog) is gone now too...
just remembering eh...
lots of soft hugz...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 11/15/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Reading these posts has my eyes tearing up. Patti's (Edt) especially wrote so much of how I also feel.

I can't recall my initial feelings in finding HW. I know it was shortly after my lumbar fusion surgery - while I was still home on medical leave. It was from a google search, too. I had found one other forum but things there were getting out of hand very quickly without much moderation, and it was a more general site and few people with CP were there. When I found this site it was CP, although I still had hope back then my surgery would somehow rectify at least some of my pain.

The people here have held my hand - and my heart - as I have walked through these past couple of years. First, being laid off (by phone) from the part time job that carried my health insurance benefits late in 2007. That was an unexpected kick to the gut, and to my life, to say the least. And you've been with me as many other things went downhill - and even things you may not know about. But I honestly, truly, don't know how I would have survived without all of you. I have grown to love people here, people I likely will never meet in person, but the kindness and compassion and support go beyond words.

I only wish I could thank Peter (the administrator and founder) in person for starting this site. He did a magnificent job in the way he set it up, and laid out the canvas for all of us. And our moderators....beyond wonderful!

I know we have bumps in the road occasionally, but so does every family! And for those people who are no longer posting, I like to think that they were able to move on with their lives without CP playing such a huge role.

Thank you to everyone for all you have given me!


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