Tech-Lover, Researcher and Cook: Meet @contentandwell
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ROSEMARY: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect? What motivates you to take part in the community?
@contentandwell: I honestly cannot recall what exactly what brought me to Connect. I am sure it simply must have have been that I Googled something to do with liver transplants and found it that way. It was gratifying to be able to "connect" with other people who had gone through having a transplant, or to answer questions for people who were waiting for a transplant. I wished that I had known about it when I was waiting.
ROSEMARY: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?
@contentandwell: The people on Connect seem nonjudgmental. That makes it much easier to share. Everyone seems to genuinely care about the other Connect members.
ROSEMARY: What groups do you participate in?
@contentandwell: I am most experienced in liver transplant, having had one in September 2016, so I participate in the Transplants group. I also participate in Joint Replacements, having had two total knee replacements (TKRs). I am not an expert, of course — just another person who has been through these things and can share my experiences. I also go to other groups because I have friends or family who have had those problems, or sometimes just because I want to learn more about some medical condition.
ROSEMARY: Who has been a special connection for you on Connect?
@contentandwell: I have enjoyed getting to know many of the other Connect members. It would be difficult to single out any one person, but @rosemarya, @hopeful33250 and @keggebraaten have always been very helpful and present. And @jodeej has such a positive attitude and looks for the bright side, so it’s always a joy to read her messages.
I appreciate greatly how positive the members are and how they genuinely try to be helpful and/or comforting to other members. Even being two years past my own transplant, I find some very helpful and informative things mentioned.
ROSEMARY: What surprised you the most about Connect?
@contentandwell: Hmmm, I don't think I had any surprises.
ROSEMARY: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?
@contentandwell: I try to exercise, even though I hate it! When I goad myself into going to my health club, which is almost every day, I am happy afterward that I did. I enjoy my time on the computer also, being an ex-information technology (IT) person and also one who has always enjoyed researching things. I just have a curiosity about everything. Computers and tech devices were made for me: I have three devices charging almost every night. I also find communicating to be energizing. I am not an extrovert, but I really like and enjoy people and relating on a one-to-one basis. This is something that developed in me relatively late in life.
ROSEMARY: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.
@contentandwell: When I tear myself away from the computer, I enjoy cooking. I don't do it nearly as much as I did when my son and daughter were young and living with us, and also because I tend to want to eat what I bake, but I generally do cook a pretty good meal. My husband considers himself lucky!
ROSEMARY: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?
@contentandwell: “Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” —Emory Austin, motivational speaker
I also love quotes from Kahlil Gibran — there are many of them — and the Billy Joel song "Shades of Grey" rings very true.
ROSEMARY: What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
@contentandwell: Loyalty and sincerity. I like this quote from an unknown author about that: "Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest. It’s about who came and never left your side."
It was something I really learned when my health was failing.
ROSEMARY: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see cast as you?
@contentandwell: Meryl Streep. I think she's a very real person and does not really glam it up.
ROSEMARY: What do you love about where you live or vacation?
@contentandwell: I positively loved the beauty of Hawaii and the peacefulness of sitting on a lanai overlooking the ocean, but I have only vacationed there one time.
ROSEMARY: Puppies or kittens?
@contentandwell: Love them both.
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Great spotlight! Thanks all!
Thanks to you both, @rosemarya and @contentandwell. I love the background stories of Connect Members!
YES!!! Another techie! Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us JK @contentandwell. I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I'm guessing you get invited over to friends and relatives to "look" at their computer and you probably get a lot of "oh, by the way, can you take a look at this…" when you visit a friends.
Happy Friday from another techie!
@contentandwell, I love when anyone recognizes non-judgmental on Connect. Thank you for that mention, as it will offer confidence to those who may hesitate to share.
Thank you for all you do. The two of yall are a truly a blessing for me and others why we go thru our journeys. Thank you
@johnbishop John, I am no way on a par with you, I've been out of the field for over 38 years, retired just before my son was born. I think my experience allows me to not be afraid of computers though. I do like to figure things out for myself when I can, and when I can't I call in my husband. He didn't retire from IT until 2004 so has a lot more knowledge than I do, and he's the one that often helps out friends with their computers.
@contentandwell it's great to get to know you better. I'm glad you enjoy my posts and I equally enjoy what you have to share.