Gratitude Discussion Group

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Nov 24, 2018

Hi everyone! Just before Thanksgiving @michellegraffradford posted a blog called Gratitude Changes Everything. She suggested three techniques to help incorporate gratitude into our daily lives:

  • Start the Day with Gratitude (before getting up think of three people you are grateful for)
  • Maintain a Gratitude Journal to record times when you are grateful
  • Count Blessings – not sheep! (Review the day and remember moments of gratitude)

Her blogpost was so inspiring that a lot of us decided we wanted to form a Gratitude Group to keep the attitude of gratitude going. The blogpost area is not an ideal space for a big discussion group so I am moving the discussion over here to the “Just Want to Talk” Group. Let’s use this space to share and discuss our Gratitude Journey. I’m going to suggest that we each try to take a minute from the day and post here what has made us feel thankful today. It can be as small as a stranger’s smile on the bus or as large as fulfilling a major life dream – or anywhere in between. We can also discuss how we are doing with the three techniques. Sometimes it is easier to form new habits with support from others.

Michelle’s full blogpost is at the link below. You may want to review it or print it out to help get started!
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed/gratitude-changes-everything/
I look forward to hearing from others in the Gratitude Group and to having others join us here! Thanks to those who already shared great stories. If you haven’t yet, what gratitude will you share today?!

@debbraw

OK… this may be premature, but Friday I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy that resulted in 6 polyps and 1 stomach ulcer that were biopsied. The best I can see on the patient portal today, all of the results were non-malignant. That is a huge breath of relief. It looks like there is some kind of problem with the ulcer and some constriction between my esophagus and stomach, but it's non-life-threatening – so I am grateful. I'll figure it all out later.

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@debbraw Are you seeing the Dr soon? Call him so he can see you on this report

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@debbraw

OK… this may be premature, but Friday I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy that resulted in 6 polyps and 1 stomach ulcer that were biopsied. The best I can see on the patient portal today, all of the results were non-malignant. That is a huge breath of relief. It looks like there is some kind of problem with the ulcer and some constriction between my esophagus and stomach, but it's non-life-threatening – so I am grateful. I'll figure it all out later.

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@quiteachiver75 HELLO DEBBRA CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RESULTS. I HOPE I GET GOOD RESULTS TO. NEXT WEDNESDAY I AM HAVING A COLONOSCOPY AND ENDOSCOPY. TAKE CARE TERESA

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@debbraw

OK… this may be premature, but Friday I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy that resulted in 6 polyps and 1 stomach ulcer that were biopsied. The best I can see on the patient portal today, all of the results were non-malignant. That is a huge breath of relief. It looks like there is some kind of problem with the ulcer and some constriction between my esophagus and stomach, but it's non-life-threatening – so I am grateful. I'll figure it all out later.

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@debbraw That's good news, Debbra! I do a lot of work with my physical therapist and have learned lot about MFR work. Constrictions can also happen around organs in fascia. I'd like to suggest that you may want to look at myofascial release with a physical therapist. MFR work can release fascial restrictions and get things back to moving as they should. There is a lot of information on the MFR discussion and you can find a provider listing on the MFR website. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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@quiteachiver75

@quiteachiver75 HELLO DEBBRA CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RESULTS. I HOPE I GET GOOD RESULTS TO. NEXT WEDNESDAY I AM HAVING A COLONOSCOPY AND ENDOSCOPY. TAKE CARE TERESA

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@quiteachiver75 TERESA, I FEEL FOR YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY. I'LL BE WISHING YOU THE BEST. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER HAD TO DO BOTH. THE PREP DAY IS THE WORST. HOPE YOURS IS EASY AND UNEVENTFUL!!

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@quiteachiver75 HELLO DEBBRA, THANKS FOR YOUR MESSAGE. ☝️ I AGREE THE PREPARATION IS SHOCKING I WILL BE GLAD WHEN ITS OVER

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Today I am grateful to be home. We left to go camping for a few days since they were doing work around the condo complex. Things are not finished but at least we were able to get into our garage last night. And missed a lot of noise at dirt. We had no internet service.To those of you who have posted thank you for doing so. Colonoscopy and Endoscopy in 1 day is something I did back in 1997.
Ginger

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@gingerw Glad to hear you are home. I hope all goes well with your tests. Will you post an update after they are over?

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@hopeful33250

@gingerw Glad to hear you are home. I hope all goes well with your tests. Will you post an update after they are over?

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@hopeful33250 that procedure was back in the late nineties! They were trying to track down a reason low blood counts. Never did figure out why but kept pointing towards the fibroid tumors that were finally surgically removed January 1999. Since then I have had colonoscopies several times due to polyps.
Ginger

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@debbraw

@quiteachiver75 TERESA, I FEEL FOR YOU NEXT WEDNESDAY. I'LL BE WISHING YOU THE BEST. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER HAD TO DO BOTH. THE PREP DAY IS THE WORST. HOPE YOURS IS EASY AND UNEVENTFUL!!

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@debbraw– I agree, the prep is awful. Hopefully someone will come up with a better way to explore

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@merpreb

@debbraw– I agree, the prep is awful. Hopefully someone will come up with a better way to explore

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YES HOPEFULLY THEY WILL.

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Grateful my favorite little guy came to for a play day on Tuesday. He is my best medicine. There are so many ways to show love and he is my champion. so accepting. So full of questions. I enjoy his curious and imaginative mind.
Visit to the cardiovascular surgeon went well and eased my mind. Something to keep an eye on for changes.
Keep hoping the pain will improve and knowing it is not likely. My little grandson and I have flowers to plant and learn about the bugs, birds and so much more. We did some watercolors and he now is painting trees that look like trees just by watching me. My little artist. 🙂

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@parus

Grateful my favorite little guy came to for a play day on Tuesday. He is my best medicine. There are so many ways to show love and he is my champion. so accepting. So full of questions. I enjoy his curious and imaginative mind.
Visit to the cardiovascular surgeon went well and eased my mind. Something to keep an eye on for changes.
Keep hoping the pain will improve and knowing it is not likely. My little grandson and I have flowers to plant and learn about the bugs, birds and so much more. We did some watercolors and he now is painting trees that look like trees just by watching me. My little artist. 🙂

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@parus. Sounds so sweet I remember we had the same thing at that ageine I'd 10 now forging his own path He did a drum solo at the talent show his school has I'm as proud as you are Grandma's are the best time 😍

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