So true, Ziff and Mike. The whole point is to get one's mind off of one's self. In doing so, you don't allow yourself to obsess about
what you are going through or what might happen. For me, a large part of this is co-moderating this forum. I honestly don't know if I could've gone through liver cancer and transplant "alone," and without the outlet of posting and receiving great support from others here. I got a cat in Sept. and he also takes my mind off myself. Being a rescue cat, he craves attention and gets it.
Mike, I remember when you were obsessed with your edema, and with good reason. But it went on and on. You finally found the key to
open your mind to other possibilities. What you post today is miles from what you posted back then. Congrats on that!
Ziff, likewise you were having a pity party and had a negative view of your liver disease. But you stopped drinking and took it one day at a time, so I never hear "poor me" from you anymore. Instead, you are sharing your experience with others, giving them hope that they can dig out of that dark hole and see light.
As you both know, there are far more caregivers than patients here, so it's really helpful to hear the patient's side.
Forum moderator - Hepatitis
"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
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