Hi Retiredmom, Kathy here I myself and no longer new but I have been here only since March 2011, I love to see the words "regular member" under my name its makes me feel so good. Which brings me to words you have said, there is always someone worse off than me. I dont like the fact that they are in so much distress, but it does make me step back from myself and say, "see, you dont have nearly the problems of ........" and makes me feel bad that I am feeling sorry for myself.
It is difficult even sometimes when I am really hurting more than I sometimes do, either I have fallen, or I stupidly pick up something knowing I shouldnt but still trying to be "normal". Thats never going to happen, and although I have made my peace with that long ago, I still boo hoo now and then.
I am sorry you are not feeling well, but glad you knew you could come and be as welcome as if you were always there. I know I am always grateful for this forum. I often feel if I had known about it in 1999 or 2000, maybe...., but as we know there is no going back, only forward.
Please take care of yourself, and hope you will be feeling better soon.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson