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   Posted Today 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Snowbunny,
I saw where you posted on a thread this morning and I wanted to start one for you. How are you doing? it has been a very long time since we have heard from you. I do hope you will post an update here and let us know how you have been. I have missed seeing you here at the forum you always have such good input. Hope to hear from you soon.

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   Posted 9/26/2010 11:33 PM (GMT 0)   
Hi Straydog,
How sweet of you to post this for me:)
I am actually doing very well right now..I have decided to only try and get some type of health insurance or part time disability...(still working out details)...instead of doing full disability as my Dr. had first suggested...
He is on board with this new plan and is always willing to work with me on living the best life possible with pain.
The last few years I had been going down hill emotionally/mentally in reference to my life ahead, my divorce, and knowing that my pain is most likely permanent...So I was kind of just 'giving up' per say by staying inside a lot, not seeing friends as much, and just getting by each day..
But in the last I have been eating all organic, exercising daily (up to an hour..with 30 minute walks with my dog in am/pm)...doing yoga, acupuncture, etc. I have been gaining so much energy and motivation..
I did move in with my mom for the time being, which along with helping her with things as her health is not very good..I decided to just cherish this time with her and take some of the stress about money off my shoulders for a bit as that will stretch the money that I do have farther.
I have been getting out more with friends/family as well as doing things that I truly enjoy, which then in turn releases all those lovely endorphins..and that makes my pain much easier to deal with..
And being in my 40's, I am now back down to my healthy weight as I was in my 20's!! and strengthened my muscles in my core and other areas which all helps me stay stronger and recover faster from the days I do too much..
So, my emotional well being has been so wonderful and I am excited about looking for a part time job (no way to handle doing anything for 8 hours straight) doing something that I enjoy..
I have been praying daily for those on this board and hope to be coming around more often..I know that many of you all have been going through tough times and I hope that I can offer my support whenever needed..
Thank you again for this are a sweetheart!!

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   Posted 9/26/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey biker babe! smilewinkgrin

What a lovely, positive post! I just smiled the whole time I was reading it...grinning from ear to ear! smilewinkgrin I'm so glad you are taking the steps to do push forward, even though you suffer pain each day.
It is not an easy thing to do, and to get the mind to a point that you can do this is a trick in itself.

Please do check in more often, as we always need all the help and support we can get. I hope all the members read this post, and will take some pointers from you, and barrow some of the motivation you have shown.

It was a pleasure to visit with you the other evening, and I thank you for the tickling of my funny little single celled brain that is! smilewinkgrin

Take care, and do come back often, cause if you don't.....I'm going to send the Angels after you.....and I hear they are pretty persuasive wink Yes!....those Angels! :)

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   Posted 9/26/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Snowbunny, that sounds great...So proud of you and I hope
this continues for you...keep us posted from time to time as we like to
hear about good stuff...I'm So glad your feeling better...
Lots of healing hugz for you and way to go on the weight loss...
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   Posted 9/26/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks SE and Charteaux,

SE...I enjoyed our 'ride' the other night on was a lot of fun:) I will definitely come back as the Angels might really be upset about my riding a Bavarian Motor Works...LOL....

Chartreaux...thanks for the well wishes...I find the brain a fascinating thing...(my brother's nickname which I love is my Cranium Housing Unit)...haha....and even though my actual pain is the same...being joyful, hopeful, and laughing a lot, truly does help me 'deal' with the pain better each day..

Walking with my pup in the AM when the sun is rising...being thankful for the day, and cranking up some really good tunes on my iPod while hiking through the woods really starts my day in a fantastic way! Music is such a motivator for me..

Another 'push' to move forward is that one of my dear friends is going through more rounds of Chemo since his cancer has returned..and he is out there everyday..hasn't missed a day of work, still plays golf, hangs with his kids, keeps a joyful spirit...he is an amazing person I admire and I was thinking..yes..I have daily I can either have this pain alone, sitting on my bed, not doing anything..or get out there and really enjoy each day...

I think that the negative emotions were feeding off themselves in my life and dragging me down..while now I can have a lot of pain at the end of the day but look back and smile on all that I did and had fun in the process...So now even a trip to the grocery store I try to make fun while chatting with people...

I know it all sounds so corny...but I really do believe that our thoughts and what we decide to focus on can make the world of difference in our life with pain...

(Am also doing a happy dance for the Patriots win today)...LOL..

SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 9/27/2010 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny, wow what a great post, I am so very proud of you and happy to hear that you are getting a life back together. Above all your post did not sound corny, quite the opposite, you have strong motivation and that is one of the keys needed to put a life back together and deal with CP at the same time. It really can be done even though at times we think and thought it is was not possible it really is. You are so right about getting the mental makeup back on track that is so important. So sorry to hear of a divorce being in the picture, been there & done that so I know where you are at on that one. You are right we can sit or lay in a bed, couch, chair or whatever day in and day out and watch the world go by without us or do something about it. I learned that a lot of my own misery was self induced and it is real easy to get in that mode. But life is so much better when a person decides to live it.

I do hope you are able to find some part time work that you can handle. The job market is really tough now that's for sure. I am assuming you have some type of employment in mind and I will keep my fingers & toes crossed that this comes thru for you.

Keep us posted on how you are coming along and don't be such a stranger.
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   Posted 9/29/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Dera Snowbunny , its so great to hear you enjoying your life , thats awesome , as is you eating healthy and excercising , I'm doing that too and it certainly does help you feel good and keep you young ! Your doing a great job taking care of you , thats the important thing . Good luck job hunting I hope you can find something thats right for you , maybe something internet related so you can work from home ? Just a thought , Best of luck , your friend Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

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   Posted 9/29/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Snowbunny, you have a great outlook on your illness!! That is a huge step in a chronic pain illness!!! That's what I need to do. I'm working on it!!

Keep smiling girl!!

One day at a time!!
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