Starting a new year offering insight and thoughts to ponder, and a 2015 Pay it Forward Initiative challenge to all readers!

7 01 2015

Today is a new day, a day to cherish, a day to learn and a day to change. Change yourself and the world to make it a better place.  Please read all the way to the bottom for a new year challenge that I propose for each of you reading this blog.

I hope that sharing insight to my own health and the health of others I can inspire others to change the way they look at others people in the world.  In the world today we are all so busy with the daily hustle and bustle that we tend to make hasty judgements without taking the time to consider that there may more to a situation that is apparent to the naked eye.

Story 1:

There is a beautiful young woman who pulls her car into a handicap parking space and gets out of her care and walks into the pharmacy.  There is an attendant at the register who notices her.  The attendant quickly makes a judgement based on her appearance that she is taking up a handicap parking place for mere convenience. The attendant goes to the back and gets on the intercom and announces that the person parked in the handicap parking space must mover her car immediately as it is reserved for the handicap.  A few minutes later the manager of the pharmacy calls the attendant to the back.  The manager explains that the beautiful young lady parked in the handicap spot was just recently released from the hospital and is suffering from congestive heart failure.  The lady is at the pharmacy picking up her medication and is currently waiting to receive her permanent handicap license plates.

This is a true story

Do not judge based on appearances as you can not know the story if you do not know the person who is writing the story

Story 2:

This is about me.  I am healing from my most most recent surgeries.  I have lost some weight and since I have not been able to get my hair done since my surgeries it is now long and my natural curls have returned.  My look has changed and is improving some.  I am getting better each day and I feel much better than I before surgery.

I am someone who pushes myself harder than anyone should.  I don’t like to give up or say I can’t do something.  This is not always a good stance since I did not take the time to care for myself as soon as I should have.  As a result of this decision I let myself go until my body was ravaged with pain, loss of nerves to my arms, hands, legs and feet.  The surgeries have helped relieve the pressure on some of the nerves and is helping decrease the constant pain.  My doctors are thinking that the reason I developed the bone spurs because of my overactive immune system from my cancer.  As for the degenerative disease in my spine they do not know why.

I may be improving but there are many residual issues that are not improving yet.  I still do not have some of the fine motor skills in my hands.  I have trouble with pain and the ability to grip things like a drinking glass, writing with a pen, holding a phone, etc.  The biggest problem is due to my thumbs.  my fingers work good but my thumbs do not.  This makes many tasks difficult.  The pain in my feet has improved and the pain in my lower legs has improved but I still do not have any of the reflexes in my ankles or my knees.  I still have trouble walking for any distances over a block or so.  Walking longer causes pain, limping and occasionally I will trip and fall.  If I take breaks I can make it a little longer distance but there are issues with that as well.  My back is still very painful from the last surgery making certain movements extremely painful.  I can not sit more than 15 minutes or I get sharp burning pain in my back and butt and I get very stiff.  The best way to sit is in a very hard chair that allows me to sit up with perfect posture.  Soft chairs are completely out of the question.  Sleeping is impossible.  I can not lay flat in any position without severe pain.  I lay down to rest and I then get up every 15-30 minutes in excruciating pain.  The best part of my day is getting up and doing small tasks around the house with frequent breaks.  I am always tired due to lack of rest, and I can not stay in any one position for any length of time.  This makes it possible for me to do most things but only with  extreme moderation.  With all of that said I have now had 15 surgeries.  I still suffer from lymphadema in my right leg, I have permanent nerve damage in my right thigh and groin from my muscle flap. I have also developed arthritis in my back and joints from all the surgeries making it painful and hard to do things depending on the day.

So, in a nutshell I may look good, I may get out of the house and run some errands or watch my son play a sporting game or even go out on a date to dinner but I can only do things in moderation and I never do anything without having pain.

Once again do not let appearances cloud your judgment this year.

On a much brighter note lets spend 2015 looking at things with a new perspective, help others if we have the ability to do so, and spend the next 12 months focusing on what we can do for ourself and for each other.  The world needs more love and less hate.

This year I have joined a group of wonderful people in the “PAY IT FORWARD INITIATIVE” on Facebook and I would like to share this with everyone reading this post.  Please feel free to copy and do the same.  This post is for Facebook and I have already done this and I hope you will take the time to do this as well.  Below are the instructions for how to do this.

Here it is. The first part of the post you can share on your Facebook:

After all the recent terrible tragedies that have happened are are happening, this world needs as much kindness as it can get.  I’m participating in this Pay if Forward initiative: the first five people who comment on this status  with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during the next 12 months – anything from a book, a ticket, something home – grown, homemade, a postcard, absolutely any surprise!  There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you happy.  These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status.  Once my first five have commented “I’m in” I will  forward this message to put on your status.  Don’t share it until I send you the instructions so we can form a web of connections of kindness.  Let’s do more nice and loving things, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.  Here is to more enjoyable and friendly, and love filled year.

Once you get your five “I’m in send the following:

Congrats, I’m so happy you are one of my 5.  Please send my your address.  Please follow the instructions on the post below and copy, and repost on your news feed.

After all the recent terrible tragedies that have happened are are happening, this world needs as much kindness as it can get. I’m participating in this Pay if Forward initiative: the first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during the next 12 months – anything from a book, a ticket, something home – grown, homemade, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you happy. These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status. Once my first five have commented “I’m in” I will forward this message to put on your status. Don’t share it until I send you the instructions so we can form a web of connections of kindness. Let’s do more nice and loving things, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other. Here is to more enjoyable and friendly, and love filled year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and Thank you in advance for those who choose to participate in the PAY IT FORWARD INITIATIVE.

GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY 2015 BE A YEAR OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS TO ALL


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