one year anniversary update

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   Posted 10/19/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I haven't posted in a long time. A year ago today I was in the hospital after having a
major portion of my colon removed. It was a terrible time for me. I had many set backs
but I am now well although I am definitely a different me. I don't have much energy but
I am grateful that I survived the seriousness of my illness. I have made changes in my life. I am now an empty nester as my 36 yr old son moved out this summer. That was a big adjustment for me as I was afraid to be alone in the house and I do suffer from loneliness so much. But I decided the only way to help myself was to get out of the house and join groups and do things I haven't done before. I am a volunteer at my local senior center and I have taken quite a few self improvement classes and meditation classes all in hopes of making some new friends. I did reconnect with an old friend from many years ago and I make a big effort to make plans with friends when I can. The biggest change is I rejoined my old childhood church. I had really started to lose my faith last year and one day I drove past the church and something just drew me to it. I started attending every Sunday and I have joined the hand bell choir, a very new experience for me. I have learned this past year that no one comes knocking on your door to say 'let's go do something.' I was wallowing in my depression and loneliness but I found that no one would help me unless I made the effort and helped myself. I still see my therapist and am on my a/d med but I have come a long way from where I used to be. The hospital and dr. bills put me on the poverty line but I have a roof over my head and can manage to get by. I am grateful for my two wonderful sons who are a great support for me.
I just want others, especially those who are feeling overwhelmed right now,to know that there is hope. I have pulled myself up from the depths of despair to finding strength I never knew I had. I have my moments of feeling depressed but I know there is always a solution for the situation. I hope I have given others a chance to see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you to all my HW friends who have been so kind to me over the years. I won't be going away, I want to answer those who need support.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/20/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
blessings aurora. i am very happy for you, for the courage you have shown, and to never surreender. inspirational!!! glad you are back with us. cheers, jamie.

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   Posted 10/20/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You are an inspiration to all of us. Look how far you have come.  Awesome and I admire how you have taken charge of your life. 
I am working on the same things that you have accomplished.  I have reconnected with my best friend as we both misunderstood how the other felt and neither of us was smart enough to pick up the phone and say "hey" what happened.  She called me last week and I cried as I had missed her so much.  We have been friends for 30 years so now we are starting fresh and leaving the misunderstanding in the past.
Thank you for sharing your story as you give me hope that I too can keep on moving forward.
Gentle Hugs,

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   Posted 10/20/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheers to you Aurora. I am so proud of you!!! You have come a long way and have improved so much. You have accomplished a lot and have grown as we all are. The empty nest syndrome is hard, you have gotten through that. Kudos for you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/20/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
To all of you, Siobhan, Jamie, Kitt, Karen
Thank you all for your kind words. It means so much to me to have your support. It is
amazing how life can change in a year. I am still a work in progress and know that if I need help you will be here for me. I wish all of you the best.
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