Living Every Day Like It’s Her Last: Meet @lioness
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TERESA: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect? What motivates you to take part in the community?
@lioness: My career in nursing gave me the opportunity to support people. While I am retired now, I still want to keep supporting others and Connect helps me to do that. This is giving me a good platform to use. I found Mayo Clinic Connect on the internet.
TERESA: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?
@lioness: Everyone is so genuine and knowledgeable about their problems.
TERESA: What groups do you participate in?
@lioness: Several: Chronic Pain, Heart & Blood Health, Bones, Joints & Muscles, Just Want to Talk.
TERESA: Who has been a special connection for you on Connect?
@lioness: @gailb was the first one to have a discussion with me. I appreciate her, and you, Teresa, @hopeful33250.
TERESA: What surprised you the most about Connect?
@lioness: How compassionate everyone is and helpful, @grandmar in particular. She is compassionate and finds articles, like one on diet, for instance.
TERESA: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?
@lioness: I find balance when I play with my grandson and watch him grow. We have a lot of activities that we do together.
TERESA: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.
@lioness: I use to love to walk Inglewood, where I lived in Pennsylvania, seeing all the animals. For instance, a snow owl scared me once. I wasn't expecting him, and he flew up and I ducked!
TERESA: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?
@lioness: The quote I live by is “Live every day like it's your last.”
TERESA: What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
@lioness: I have a long-standing friend of 50 years. We can laugh and cry together through many happy and sad moments. Honesty, even if it hurts, is important to have in a friend.
TERESA: What food can you simply not resist?
@lioness: I can't live without chocolate. (By the way, my brother’s nickname was Chocolate.)
TERESA: What do you love about where you live or vacation?
@lioness: Where I live now in California, I can go up on the roof and see snow on the mountains to the south and also see the ocean.
TERESA: Puppies or kittens?
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@lioness I'm so glad when others are brought into the Mentor fold. It is always comforting as we try to help others to have more friends to reach out to in a virtual way as we all hope we are giving the right responses. You bring such knowledge as a result of your career as a nurse. I am so proud of those who are compassionate and caring that they could be in the medical field. You have made your mark with your career and your help on Connect. Welcome!
@debbraw Thank you glad you enjoyed my spotlight I'm glad you are doing well after your TKR
@retiredteacher Thank you Carol Glad you liked my spotlight the techy part was a chore
@lioness, I am happy that you undertook the challenge of the techy part of your interview with @hopeful33250! I would love to join you on the roof and share some conversation, laughs, and chocolate!
@rosemarya Thanks it was a challenge thank goodness Teresa got some help It's nice to go up on the roof and watch the sunset 😊 but still to chilly yet and that cuppa hot chocolate sounds good 😋 now We have our coffee up there in the morning
@lioness, Hi there Linda! I just read your Spotlight interview. I have read some of your past posts over the last year; you have had your ups and downs like most of us. I was delighted to see that you are recognizing the blessings that you do have in life. That is a good lesson for all of us. I am so glad that you are a part of the Connect community. Your constant contributions mean a lot, and I am sure you help many people. Hugs!
@windwalker Thanks for the nice comments glad you enjoyed reading my spotlight Yes I have been blessed in many ways
@lioness I finally got around to reading your spotlight. I feel like I had already gotten to know you fairly well through our Connect conversations but it was good to get to know you even better.
It sounds wonderful to be able to see mountains in one direction and the ocean in the other direction, from your rooftop.
I think many of us here share your love of chocolate too. Yum.
@contentandwell Thanks for reading spotlight Yes it is nice up on our roof from being in those winter's back there it is good not to have to bundle up anymore. I enjoy cyber talking not here with you. 😎
Thank you for sharing your story with us!
You always have so much useful information to impart.
It sounds like you live in a beautiful area of California.
I cannot imagine having snow in one direction and the ocean in the other!