Happiness a One Week Journey

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @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/

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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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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@ihatediabetes You make a great debater! You have made some good points. 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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Hi everybody, I just signed up to donate money to John E. Herman house. That’s new residential treatment house for people with mental illness trying to get well. Its right by St. Mary’s Hospital. So I was coping with rejection for living donor kidney by donating to mayo clinic for mental health. Mental health is near and dear to me. People do need help. There’s really nothing between home and hospital but something in between is really needed. Plus I think all the glory and money goes to physical medicine like cancer and cardiology. But I think psychiatry and psychology are really important too. That’s my opinion. So I’ll keep my kidneys. That’s OK.

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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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@ihatediabetes I didn’t know that diabetes would disqualify you. I too have mild diabetes, diet controlled. I have signed up but not where there were any questions about your health. I have heard that there often is something that can be used among your many organs, even skin.
Speaking of flying an airplane, on a totally different subject from diabetes, did you know if you are the type of person who sneezes when they go outside into the sunlight you can not fly in the service? For that one tiny second you close your eyes so if a pilot was flying in and out of clouds he/she could run into that. I googled that a few years ago because as soon as I walk out of a store into the sun I sneeze. I think it said that 16% of people do.
JK

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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@johnjames I can sympathize totally. When I got bad with my cirrhosis, at the end, my husband was doing everything. I really hated that. He is not the type who does give much help generally so it was not something that came naturally to him but he certainly rose to the occasion and went above and beyond. I am so grateful to him.
JK

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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Thank you for sharing- yes I feel like I’m being lazy, and in my heart I know I’m not- I want to help her- she worked so hard, does seem fair does it. AGain thank you- that helps more than I can say. JJAMES

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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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@contentandwell How interesting! 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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@ihatediabetes What a great idea, thanks for letting us know. 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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Jk, I have my a1c under 7 without meds but it’s still diabetic. That means I can’t be a living donor. The reason is diabetes is hard on your kidneys so best to have two of them. They don’t want to cause a donor to need dialysis in future. So I guess that makes sense. But at death it’s possible to use kidney from a person that had diabetes. I think they can examine them for damage. So I am guessing that somebody that kept the diabetes well controlled and died in a car accident could end up being a kidney donor. I get my a1c and blood tested every 6 months. Something called albumin. But I don’t know what it is. I also am supposed to get eye drops put in my eyes every year and doctor looks inside. All this is pretty new to me but they say I’m uncomplicated or preserved. But I am trying to reverse all this with my healthy living program. I thought I could with diet and exercise. Doctor said lose weight and exercise and pancreas can keep up with insulin. He also said everyone will get diabetes if he or she lives long enough. I don’t know if that’s official or just a doctor talking.

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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, yes I’m excited to hear about this new treatment house. Its brand new. I heard about it when under construction but maybe it’s open now. They’re trying to help people make it back to society. I like to find little ministries like this and start sending them monthly checks. I like to support what works for real people. That’s why I was looking for something specific. So I talked to woman in development on phone and email. Then I asked if I could support this specific ministry and she said “Yes!!” I just need to put in memo line. So that’s what I will donate and I will keep my extra kidney!! Haha.

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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 Teresa, I love researching things and of course if it’s something that effects me personally I always do. When I was a migraineur I read that people with migraines often know more than most doctors about them unless the doctor really specializes in migraines. That was before the internet and I read everything I could get my hands on. Thankfully the migraines ended with menopause but now my daughter has them. 🙁
JK

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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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@ihatediabetes Ahh, so that’s the difference, you were talking about being a living donor. Mine is also well controlled, my A1c has been as low as 4.9! I haven’t been as good as I should be recently and I have an appointment for my diabetes later this month so I’d better clean up my act. I am using my PCP for the diabetes and for my low thyroid but thinking about returning to an endocrinologist. I used to go to one but he left town unfortunately. He was the best, literally rated with 5 stars. He’s about an hour away now but I am considering going back to him — what’s an hour drive since it’s occasional? Heck, it takes longer than that to go to my transplant center.
JK

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@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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Hi John. I have guilt about that too with my spouse. He says he understands
and it is not a problem.
 

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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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@ihatediabetes I just googled the John E. Herman House and it does sound remarkable. Thanks for making that donation, it should help many, many people. Teresa

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@johnjames

I’m sure your right- I just have a hard time not pulling my weight in helping her,

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Thanks @contentandwell and @windwalker, your reply to JJames was right on. As you have shared this same experience you had an empathetic response. Teresa

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