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   Posted 11/23/2011 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Who knew I would be thankful for having a chronic illness? Actually I wish I never got sick in the first place, but given that I am, I am glad it has changed my life in some good ways. I've been reading responses in the forums to my recent post on Cultivating Gratitude. Little did I know how many people related to my experience.

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   Posted 12/14/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd agree with this actually. Sometimes I struggle to get through a day without thinking 'Why me?', but then I look at the positives, the ways my pain and illness have changed me. I certainly have a lot more empathy and compassion than I think I would have done otherwise, and a greater appreciation for the small things in life.
Full body CRPS with spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia, compression fractures T4-T8, T10-T12.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physi

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   Posted 12/14/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I also agree.....I wish I would have never got sick....but it has taught me to have more patience and compassion for others. I agree with CRPS I have a much greater appreciation for the little things in life.
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   Posted 12/15/2011 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely wish I never got sick, but given that I am I thought it would be useful to try and look at what good might come of it, rather than focus on the negatives. Thanks :)

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