From Unknown, I really like this email. Enjoy

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awty
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   Posted 1/15/2012 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.


One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room's only window.


The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.


The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..



Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.


The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.



As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.



Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.


It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

Epilogue:


There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .'

The origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone


getting by
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   Posted 1/15/2012 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting concept Awty. I enjoyed reading this. I guess life is really what you make it...

Hugs, Karen
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PA_grandma
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   Posted 1/15/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
awty, goose bumps on my arms...and tears in my eyes.
What does that mean...

Thanks, will save this post

awty
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   Posted 1/15/2012 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
It means you have a compassionate heart Grandma J, but we all know that. I have had this email many times, and I always re-read the story even though I know what it says. I think the blind man is super special if this story really did happen as it states.

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   Posted 1/15/2012 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Even if it had not ever happened...maybe it will in the future, after we read it.

Of course, I will share that story with others.

awty
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   Posted 1/15/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It's one of those selfless stories aye Grandma J, the guy is really sick, dying, but still made his mates day brighter each day. I bet he lay awake at night thinking about what he was going to discribe the following day, lol

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   Posted 1/15/2012 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
awty.
I believe...with a small 'search', that this was written by G.W. Target, and may even have been made into a movie.

justwant2bemeagain
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   Posted 1/15/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Loved it, very touching, such a blessing thanks for sharing !!!

Blessings, Michelle :-)

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   Posted 1/16/2012 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
awty...Loved it .....thanks so much for sharing!
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/16/2012 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
laughter and a tear awty. thank you, jamie :-)
EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER,

RAPID CYCLING BI-POLAR DISORDER

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

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   Posted 1/17/2012 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
awty, that post was so powerful and so loving.  Yes, I cried.  They say caring for others when you are in pain can ease that pain.  It also shows the dynamics of friendship!  Thank you so much!
 
(I post quite a bit on the Prostate Cancer forum.   My husband has chronic pain, and I experience depression.)
 
Best regards,
Aimzee

awty
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   Posted 1/17/2012 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Aimzee,
 
I am pleased you liked it.  Nice to see you visit here, please come and visit more often.  A few of us post in different areas on the board

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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!  I post with PA_Grandma.  My husband had prostate cancer and is said to be cured.  I hestitate to post elsewhere because there are things I might not want to share.  I do plan on reading some of the threads over here.  There is valuable information on this forum!  I wish you all the best!
 
Aimzee

awty
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   Posted 1/19/2012 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Awe, you know Grandma J too.  We are lucky to have meet her as well, she makes a huge difference here, I am glad you popped over.  You don't need to say anything you don't want to Aimzee, but you may have ideas to help others, so it is always great to have you pop in.

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   Posted 1/19/2012 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Aimzee...the two of us with the same challenge. We'll help each other!

Not an easy job being a caregiver. Hope your husband continues doing so well with this battle...and I hope you survive, too!

Awty, thanks for the warm hug this morning.

~Pink fuzzy slippered G'ma J.

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   Posted 1/19/2012 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aimzee

my hub was given 2 years to live in 2007, he just surpassed 5 years and doc says he is in remission...never lose hope...he deals with some tough issues, namely incontinence (cancer was in bladder too) and loss of energy from radiartion, but he will see his daughter graduate from school.

Post here anytime and keep the faith
Maggie
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

seroquel, hydrocodone clonazepam norvasc multi vitamin and magnesium

Aimzee
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   Posted 1/25/2012 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the very warm welcome!  My hubby is dealing with chronic pain in his testicle.  Tests show no cancer but he does need help.  He is thinking of going to the Cleveland Clinic.  His sadness makes me sad.  He's such a good man. 
 
Maggie, how wonderful that your hub will see his daughter graduate from school.  This has to please her immensely!  Thank you for the kind words!
 
Grandma J, it is nice to have online friends!  I have actually met eight ladies from a Parenting Forum.  I am Grammie to four sweethearts.

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   Posted 1/25/2012 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
This just shows that people can take care and make others happy when they have more than them... If they are willing to
Depression, anxiety, mom has cancer, dad is dead.....
All alone at home and at school...
It's always the darkest before dawn... Great quote
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