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Happiness a One Week Journey

Posted by @hopeful33250, Apr 30, 2017

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As you have all posted in Mayo Connect’s Mental Health Group, I wanted to invite you to join in a program by Dr. Amit Sood, entitled Happiness a One Week Journey. Probably many of you are familiar with Dr. Amit Sood, a psychiatrist at Mayo. This is a free online program that addresses the issue of happiness. Here is what Dr. Sood says about this program.

Dear friends,

You and I face one common enemy – suffering. Pain, physical or emotional, when it becomes unbearable, is experienced as suffering. Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. My goal is to help you find a path so you can bypass suffering in this life. One reward of traversing that journey is finding greater happiness.

Happiness is a habit. Some of us are innately happy. But most others have to choose. We often, however, don’t realize we have that choice. We also don’t know how to exercise that choice. As a result, we push happiness away. Let that not happen to you.

Join me, if you wish, to spend the next week of your life, choosing greater happiness. Each day, you’ll be guided to a practice that can make you happier. To enroll, you’ll need to register with your name and email address to connect with us for the next week. Select ‘Happiness: A One Week Journey,’ below for more information.

Take care.
Amit

Here is the website where you can sign up and join me on this journey: http://stressfree.org/happiness/

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Thank you very much hopeful33250 have done so .Take care!

Thank you for that information!! Well…sometimes a group of words can just spin a person around and something in life just seem to make a bit more sense:
“Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional.”

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

I feel so badly for you. I sometimes use hypnotic utube recordings – or buy some cds Really deep sleep.

@johnjames

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

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@johnjames Thanks for your post, JJames. Yes, stiffness and pain make it difficult to get up. Do you take any of your PD medicines at bedtime or do you have your meds by your bedside so that you can take them when you first wake up? Sometimes a small night time dose is helpful for getting up without as much stiffness and pain. Also, if you can comfortably get into a hot shower, that will help as well. I one time read the Michael J. Fox takes a very long hot shower first thing in the morning in order to relieve the pain and stiffness. These are some ideas, I’ll try and do some research on the Michael J. Fox website and see if I can come up with something else. Until then, best wishes and blessings to you and your wife. Teresa

@johnjames

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

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Wow John, that sounds aweful. So sorry that you are experiencing this. –
Terri M.
 

@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@ihatediabetes How kind of you to want to “give back” as a kidney donor. I can understand the medical team’s reluctance to accept you, but BRAVO for trying!! Teresa
Copy to @rosemarya (volunteer mentor for Transplants)

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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Teresa, I was disappointed. But I can imagine that they don’t want to take kidney from someone who has type 2 diabetes even if I get my glucose back to normal range with healthy living program. I actually didn’t think it was a big deal. But then I was reading that a lot of people that need kidney tranplants have diabetes. Yikes. I thought I was supposed to worry about my eyes and feet. I didn’t know I was supposed to worry about my kidneys too! They didn’t tell me that. Anyway I do plan to donate blood tomorrow. I am also thinking of sending in monthly checks for research. I get mailings for donations for research. I am thinking of becoming a monthly supporter. So far I have been supporting churches, missions, and ministries. But Mayo clinic research seems like a ministry too. Btw I don’t know if I should even bother to sign up as organ donor. I read only 5% of people actually can donate organs. It’s not like people aren’t trying. The truth is their organs aren’t in good enough shape for transplant. I think diabetes might knock out almost everything useful. So I don’t see point of having my family go through this.

@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@ihatediabetes Yes, I’m sure that having diabetes does take away from you the opportunities to donate organs, etc. Donating to Mayo is a great idea, though. You are very thoughtful! Teresa

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@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@hopeful33250 Once you have received an organ you realize so much more how important it is to be a donor. If my son and daughter are looking to give me something for Mother’s Day I plan to tell them that the best gift would be to sign up to be an organ donor. From what I understand they can accept many things from people so a condition that effects one thing shouldn’t stand in the way of being a donor, they can choose what organs are usable.
Interestingly I was told that a person who has had more than three sexual partners is considered to be a high risk donor. I think that many young people these days would have to be categorized as such.
JK

@johnjames

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

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Thank you Teresa- I will do the things you said to the best of my ability- thank for your wisdom and help in this- I really-really appreciate it ALso the guilt is killing me when I can’t help my wife more. JJAMES>.

@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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Thanks everyone. Well it was disappointing to me. I got starter diabetes where they say it’s uncomplicated. I don’t feel ill. Also most people that have diabetes don’t even know it. I came in for physical and that’s why I know about it. But mayo clinic really does not miss anything when it comes to diagnoses. I got a whole list of them. They checked my eyes and gave me something like vertical imbalance. That mean they’re not totally lined up verically. So I am probably disqualified from flying an airplane. But I kind of wish they would tell you upfront that you’re disqualified as living donor with type 2 diabetes even with no meds. You have to enter all your personal data before you get to questions. Now I am probably on done blacklist. I don’t know. It’s mysterious. A black box. Heck, I had gestational diabetes when pregnant with second child. I bet that would have disqualified me too because it’s risk factor that diabetes is in your future. Also what if I had donated a kidney when I was 25. I was in perfect health then. I think I still would have had diabetes at 50. Then I would have been in trouble with just one kidney. But at my age at least I know what I am dealing with. And I thought I could keep myself healthy with the healthy living program. That’s what I’m doing. Hiking, eating well, no drinking or smoking. Why can’t I donate a kidney to a 70 year old. I think it would hold out long enough for an older person. But I understand why they wouldn’t want it for younger person. That would be stupid to give to younger person. But don’t older people need kidneys too?

@ihatediabetes

Thank you. OK I’m in. Yesterday I did try to get screened to be living donor for kidney. Thought it would be good for gratitude to give kidney. But they would not accept me because of type 2 diabetes history. Even if not on meds. And even if not currently diabetic. Bummer. But I will sign up for this to see what doc has to say.

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@contentandwell Yes, you are probably right about young people not being qualified. I have always wanted to be an organ donor as well, even if it is just my cornea, but I found out that because of my history of carcinoid cancer, i could not even donate any parts of my eye. Carcinoid cells are very tiny and cannot be detected in the usual manner, so donating organs could put the recipient in danger of acquiring carcinoid cells. So I guess as much as we would like to pass on something of ourselves, it is not always possible. Teresa

@johnjames

Teresa- it’s JJames, do you know about the sleeping issues of the morning time. every morning I can’t move very well with the Parkinson’s and it hurts to force myself to get up- and I can give my self permission to sleep- I’m at a lost- I know my DR said that will happen as the stages process( I’m already in stage 3- because of the agent orange- so they say? I know and cam feel my body changing at a rapid pace and the side affect show up more often- as again I have been told by the VA Parkinson’s DR- the chemicals would speed up the process. Love to hear you wisdom and advice. JJAMES>

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@johnjames I am sure that your wife appreciates you JJames. For that matter, we all do! Teresa

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