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Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 12/24/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
how you get those Christmas letters from people bragging about how great life is. Well I always had a hardYou know  time believing most of what was written. Yesterday I attempted to write a letter like that. But, I thought I would write a more honest letter. I started to write about my sickness and the 2 failed operations. I wrote about being broke and how life is so tough. Than a funny thing happened, I didnt feel so bad. I started to have a problem finding problems. I quess I'm just happy still being alive. Yes, I'm in pain sometimes and yes I have trouble paying bills. But, I also have great kids and a wonderful wife. My family loves me and takes care of me. My doctor did not tell me I only have 2 months to live. I still have my house. I'm going to eat ribs and shrimp for dinner tonight. I have my own car. I can fish and play hockey. I can walk , see and hear. Lifes not that bad. I learned a lesson. Take the Christmas letters for what there worth. But, remember the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Focus on the good and maybe the bad will not seem so terrible. Have a great Christmas. Westy

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   Posted 12/24/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
What a wonderful revelation!

Merry Christmas!
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   Posted 12/24/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Westie, you are awesome! My friend and I were both kind of laughing at the letters we get too, and we thought the same thing; maybe we should write one that doesn't tout how wonderful we are. But that's just something to kind of laugh about because we really thank heavens for what we do have. The older I get the more I realize that the simple pleasures in life are what's important. Enjoy that dinner tonight, and thanks for letting us all remember that life is good.


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   Posted 12/24/2007 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 12/24/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my doc said the same thing....try to focus on the good days and what I find joy in rather than dwelling on the bad. My diagnosis of PSC is scary, but with meds and not having the ERCP has given me confident power in some of the outcome....such as not ending up with pancreatitis or activation of the PSC.

We all go through the stages of "grief"...acceptance and optimistic perspective offers hope...seems a good end result. Of course, therapy was very helpful.

Here's to a better tomorrow!

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   Posted 12/24/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
A bit off topic here but writing is a great way to tune into your subconscious and to reveal your inner most thoughts. Studies have shown that when we speak we primarily do so from our fountain of conscious experience. But when we write we use more of our subconscious experience. It is a lot more difficult to lie to yourself with pen and paper then it is to lie to yourself via a thought or a whisper. Writing down your thoughts and re-reading them can be a very spiritual experience for the body. Some of the great liteary figures claimed that writing relaxed their minds and was even a healing experience for them.

An old priest once told me that if you think you don't know what your purpose in life is then you should get a piece of paper ask yourself that question and then write down the first thing that comes into your head and re-read it. Then repeat the exercise. It may take 20 entries, it may take 200 entires, it make take 2000 entries, but you'll know when uve answered the question properly becasue when you re-read the correct entry............you will cry.

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   Posted 12/25/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Kudos to what Damo just said.

I'm finding more and more that by just accepting things as they are (at least the things I can't change) it completely changes my entire attitude and outlook on my situation. Yeah, things might still be difficult, but I'm better equipped to handle them when I'm not resisting and fighting all the time. Sounds like you're in a good spot! :) Happy holidays!
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   Posted 12/25/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Adversity is supposed to (ultimately) make us stronger. I agree, Westy, that the bottom line is : we can see, hear, walk, and talk. So in the realm of physical well-being, we are still lucky. And, Damo, think of Montaigne writing about his painful kidney stones in a freezing castle in 16th century France-- when there was no medical help available and he could only hope that time would relieve his suffering. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 12/25/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally I don't like the argument "you can see you can hear and you can talk" therefore you should be happy or the use of such a description to judge that one person is more (medically) healthier than another. Being healthy is not just about having these faculties. There are thousands of people who would be classed as physically near 100% fit who are in fact neither emotionally nor spiritually happy. And there are also thousands of people who maybe are blind, maybe are deaf who in themselves feel at peace and content and maybe have an emotional balance that far exceeds that of the "normal" (whatever that may be).

It's important to be positive. And that is a choice that we make. The modern world likes to fit us into categories and judges us compared to some normal. But that's bad. Very bad. You get those horrible diseases like anorexia etc etc when we impose such normaility on ourselves. Sometimes you are ahead in life, other times you are behind. But the race is long, and in the end it's only against yourself.

With illness and disease I also think we have a responsiblity to each other in the advice we give and in the way we present information and that is something which permutates brilliantly through this website - though not all the time, in my belief.

Remember, people will forget what you do and people will forget what you say, but people will never forget how you made them feel, both positively and negatively.
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   Posted 12/26/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Kudos to all the above posts....my husband has always lived by the mantra "It's nice to be important but more important to be nice" and has said that so many times.

With this illness the Serenity Prayer is so appropriate as it is for so many things in life.

I got a few holiday letters too this year. I enjoy them and getting caught up with their happenings over the past year. I know both of these couples well who sent them and also know of some of their trials and tribulations as well over the past year but who wants to hear the "gloom and doom".

A few years ago I sent our first and only one which was more of an insert in our holiday cards as we lost his Mom in May and my Mom 6 months later in November of that year and I know quite a few people were not aware of it. It was a tribute of sorts celebrating their lives and wanting to include them in our Christmas/Holiday wishes as well as making people aware.

Yes I agree - we share our honest information here - it is also refreshing to get some positive news here and there to give those of us hope and encouragement when it is needed the most when things don't look so good at the moment.

Hope everyone was able to enjoy their holiday yesterday and here's looking forward to a much better 2008 for many of our friends here at Healing Well.

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Westcoast Joe
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   Posted 12/30/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Damo, you need to relax. I'm not trying to argue. I'm happy with the stuff that works. I spent 3 weeks in the cancer part of the hospital. 2 people died while I was there. I'm alive and looking forward. Dude , you can keep your attitude. West
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