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WHAT do you rely on to get you through life's challenges? SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION? OR WHAT ELSE?

Posted by Anonymous-3f3b8acb in Brain & Nervous System, Mar 28, 2012

Research has been shown that folks suffering with physical and mental challenges who have faith in something more powerful than us can have positive outcomes versus those that do not.
In fact, some of the stories shared seem like miracles in the area around death and dying.
It is a given that we have many faiths to chose from but does your choice of faith provide you additional support when you need it? Do you believe in your religious or spiritual teachings?
How has religious or spiritual beliefs impacted your life?

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Mar 29, 2012

I was born into two wonderful sometimes chaotic and sometimes loving families. On my paternal side, religion was incorporated into a way of living. On my maternal side, there was a belief in god but religion was not incorporated into their way of life.
The result is that I believe in God, a power that can overpower all of us and I consider myself spiritual. I do not follow a specific religion even though paternal family is Christian and maternal family is Catholic.
As a grown woman who mostly has painful childhood memories the thought of needing to belong to a certain faith has not been a priority. In fact, in all honesty, there was a time when I resented the church. I know it's a horrible thing to fathom unless you have walked in my shoes.
I still discuss my feelings about this topic in therapy because it's hard to digest all the human suffering when we have a God, a protector against evil and illness.
Nonetheless, I attended church services from my early years until my teens, so I remember the foundation of what was preached about.
Interestingly, for me, I believe that if you are; kind, loving, helpful, giving, selfless, motivated to impact positive change in our world and simply care for my loved one's as well as human beings and social issues that negatively impact humans that I will be blessed.
And, so, in many aspects I am blessed because I'm alive, I have a heart that is kind and I have this inner strength (challenged last year) to stand up to injustices in a world that has so many reckless and heartless beings. This too, I struggle with because what makes another human being become reckless and heartless?
In my opinion it all boils down to pain. Some people internalize pain and other's externalize the pain by hurting other's.
So, for me, what gets me through challenging times are an array of support systems and this is inclusive of believing in a higher power.
I'm hoping that one day, soon, all that I was taught, have learned throughout the year and have practiced in terms of being good to others ......will simply be appreciated and I will be acknowledged for my strength's despite my challenges because no one is perfect.
Sincerely,
Rox

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dpelle23

Posted by @dpelle23, Apr 7, 2012

Good Evening All, I am also new to this site. I must say that having faith is something I could never live without. It is something that has gotten me through the most awful times in my life such as my awful surgery, the death of my grandparents and young friends...lots of trauma. All of these things are bad, yes, but would be so much worse if I didn't feel the love of God. It's all about perception, and sometimes my faith is seriously tested and I get angry, but it passes and I remember this slogan: "If He brings you TO it He will bring you THROUGH it."

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 8, 2012

I love living life. I am happy. This is the name of a video on YouTube that all should see.
It's truly amazing
The man's website is

http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org

Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 8, 2012

I saw a documentary on Nick's story in Australia. A truley incredible man, a wonderful caring human being. Who has overcome more hurdles in his life unimaginable and taken each an ever challenge with a strenght that is amazing.Nick is an inspiration to us all, and we should all take a page out of his book as the saying goes. Take care Piglit

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 9, 2012

He's an amazing person and I'm so glad that instead of giving up he has this amazing inner strength to give others hope. I was really impressed that he deleted the dis from disability and changed it to...ABILITY. A remarkable spirit!
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 9, 2012

He is an incredible human being, amazing strenght and a very remarkble spirit. He spends his life giving hope to everyone he comes in contact with. Amazing God Bless him always

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 9, 2012

He is an incredible human being, amazing strenght and a very remarkble spirit. He spends his life giving hope to everyone he comes in contact with. Amazing God Bless him always

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 16, 2012

I see your point Momentum. I think the message is that besides medications and talk therapy some may rely on their beliefs whatever they are to help them deal with certain illnesses.
I've heard stories of people living with terminal illnesses speak of the importance religion or spiritual beliefs during death and dying.
I too consider myself spiritual and in being kind hearted but these are my views. We have a Chaplin in our psychiatric hospital and many of the patient adore her.we have to be objective 😉
Rox

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bettyann

Posted by @bettyann, Apr 17, 2012

I agree with you, Roxie. I have done home care working with hospice patients which I always felt fascinating when they died. In one case, I drew a sketch of a 'person' I saw that was standing in the corner of the room besides the dying lady's bed. I showed it to the daughter and friend who were sitting in the kitchen and said "This is what I keep seeing" ...the daughter was SHOCKED. (This was a devout Catholic family) She said, "OH my god, that is my mother's favorite version of Mary...that is the Virgin of Guadalupe."
THEN...I took care of this old gent who claimed NO kind of beliefs...He would often 'see' people at the foot of his bed...I'd be reading, sitting beside him. He would talk to them, and laugh and smile....then he'd go back to sleep. I wasn't with him when he passed, but the other aide told me, 'they were there' when he passed. Religion or even 'spirituality' (which I subscribe to) are not necessary to transition to the other dimensions. Plus, I do not believe in 'hell' ... except for that which we sometimes concoct for ourselves...sigh...:(
BUT...I have respect for whatever the beliefs are that help people through difficult times, and bless them to each their own way.
(Has anybody here read The Education of Oversoul Seven" books by Jane Roberts?)

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 17, 2012

Hi BettyAnn,
Your experiences are amazing. Were you ever afraid? My eldest daughter worked with geriatrics for 8 years and recently transferred to the ER dept. While working in the geriatric floor she had to unfortunately prepare those who passed away for the family and made the families had all they needed. I'm so proud of her. I'm proud of you too because the work you did was and is so important. My daughters first year on the job was tough on her and every time someone passed away she would cry.
She's more mature now and bed transferring she was still caring but she realized that many of the people that passed away were almost 100 years old and had lived meaningful lives.
As for religion, I'm more spiritual myself and believe that all one has to do in life is be a good person no matter what.
I recall childhood stories of going to hell if I was bad. Simply horrible. Nonetheless, I fully respect everyone's right to their belief system as long as my views are respected as well.
I find solace in spirituality and others find solace in specific religious beliefs and I'm not offended by others views/beliefs. Regardless of how we may feel we should always respect others and if believing in something makes someone's suffering less I'm all for it.
so BettyAnn how are you? How are you feeling?
🙂 Rox

bettyann

Posted by @bettyann, Apr 18, 2012

Today was a great day... Yesterday was mostly a day from Hello. Ay yi yi...however, I woke up to the fact that I had to depart from two other forum sites...instead of being positive and encouraging, I found them DIScouraging...and also felt myself being sucked into their problems...and mistakenly was thinking I could help 'solve' them... but then I saw yesterday how I paid for allowing this. Not THEIR fault...I think the Mayo Clinic's forums are some of the best..and more relaxed...(But I have hardly visited all of them! 🙂
Working with the dying didn't ever scare me mainly because of my beliefs that I knew they were "OK"...I admire your daughter for her work...THAT is a tough job. So many pediatric nurses become alcoholics... that is so sad. And yet we have to remember that children's souls are as 'old' and wise as old people's... they have chosen to only live for so long and experience what they experienced. It's feeling for the families that really breaks your heart.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 18, 2012

Hi so glad youv'e had a great positve filled day. I too never felt scared at what I experienced.I know the feeling too about families and it does break your heart doesn't it. I have cried so many times on the inside dealing with family situations in my work that I have lost count. Take care

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

When someone can express how much others mean, crying and having empathy, it demonstrates just how kind hearted and wonderful they are. To make an effort to be supportive to other's because we know what it's like to suffer speaks volumes.
You ladies are special,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 18, 2012

Thanks my dear friend and your special too Piglit

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

happy to hear that you had a great day. We have to try to enjoy this one life. It's challenging sometimes but when we feel good about ourselves the struggle does not outweigh the good. The past few days were magnificent and as I sat on my porch I saw this beautiful red bird. I don't think I could have appreciated nature and all it's beauty when I first went on medical leave. The depression was so bad that I feared leaving my own bedroom for two months with the exception of attending to hygiene.
So, as I sat on my porch, I recalled those dark and scary days and cannot help but to have hope.
I'm proud of my daughter because she works hard, the graveyard shift and even though she's 28 she has such compassion for the consumers that are under her care.
Have a blessed day!
Your friend Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 17, 2012

Hi I too have e xperienced visions as well with people that I have cared for. It is quite amazing really and moving to be present as you would know this well Bettyann. One of my clients daughters passed away with cancer. In her final moments she spoke and said that she could see her aunt and not to worry everything would be okay. In my own family when my Nannie passed away my mum;s mum. Dad was home with me, Mum at the hospital. Nannie spoke to dad as she passed at 3.15 in the morning and said that he know had to take care of me and Mum as she know longer would be here. He had a brandy at that time and stated to mum when she came home what had occured. Even wierder if you could call it that. I was born at 3.15 in the morning 5years earlier. I also after my dad passed which is twenty two years ago. Saw him three times at the family home. Can still feel him with me everyday. There is a lot to be said for the spirtual aspects of things. We do have to respect each others different beleifs. In my case as you know i am both spirtual and have a strong faith. I too Bettyann don't beielve in hell, I think in someway or another a cleansing of souls occurs, Who knows we have yet to understand this. Take care Piglit Haven;t read the book but will try to get it

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

Hi Piglit,
Have the visions ever scared you? I had a vision over a decade ago and it was scary
It was of a man standing in my bedroom doorway and he had a black bag over him. I was wide awake and it was really scary and I felt this impending doomn
it never happened again but I will never forget it.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 18, 2012

Hi RoxNo never been scared, a bit taken back I suppose. When I was young I saw a beautiful guardian angel in the corner of my room. I can still remember how beautiful he was. His wings were outstretched. Never scared of seeing my Dad. Felt comforted by both of these experiences. Although there was one time when I couldn't see anything but could feel a presence I felt scared then, was young about 12yrs old at the time

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

What's happening here? Everyone ok?

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 18, 2012

youv'e got me confused know you asked me if the visions had scared me. A confused piglit LOL

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

No I have not read this book. Do you recommend it? Have you read "Heaven is for Real"? A best seller about a little boy. I recommend this book. It's amazing!

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 18, 2012

it is I have read it

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

Piglit do you have a fav book that you would recommend that's inspiring?
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 19, 2012

No I was hoping that you did lol

allenr1

Posted by @allenr1, Apr 18, 2012

Spirituality quality definitely relates to religious choices. For example, if you're in the wrong setting to sincerely worship God, or you feel a sense of being disconnected from a meaningful connection with God, you must keep searching for the RIGHT place. The right church is one option for reaching up to God's hand. There are other options, but a fellowship of people with common beliefs seems to reinforce a stronger and more disciplined commitment.

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

Hi Allen,
Thank you for joining the discussion. Your comments are insightful and made me think ...For me the church made me uncomfortable as a child but I still have my faith. I guess for me, personally, I struggle with why why why?
I believe in god and I do pray because I find it comforting and I was raised in the church of Christian faith but I disagree with some of the rigid and man-made rules and expectations.
Does this make sense? It's complicated ...
Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 20, 2012

Hi I welcome you to Allen I agree with Roxie, I do pray to God and I do believe. But when my husband who is Church of Christ and me Who is Church of England would not recognize his church. For us to get married in my Church I would have had to have gone to the highest authority within the church. Was not prepared to do that . So we were married in a Beautiful Lutheran church where I went to school. So it does make sense to me with the rigid rules that seem to be in place. Take care Piglit

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nomanmedico

Posted by @nomanmedico, Apr 18, 2012

for me the most important outcome that religious spirituality gives us is "the peace of mind " .this single feeling can help you stand up again and do all the hardships of daily life with more zeal and attention, although we all are bound in a strict cycle of life which we cannot break but yet there is a lot more to discover about spiritual power of human being .being a muslim we do believe in spirituality and you can find a muslim a more peacfull in his daily life.
what all say about that , witing for your comments and observation,

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 18, 2012

Hi Noman
thank you for being part of the discussion and sharing your views. Spirituality keeps me grounded but sometimes things beyond our control seem to shake one's foundation.
Take care,
Rox

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china

Posted by @china, Apr 23, 2012

Cannot break really

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jodi

Posted by @jodi, Apr 22, 2012

The cycle of life is only as strict as we allow it to be. Jodi

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uptopart

Posted by @uptopart, Apr 22, 2012

All I Ever Had, and Definitely Needs Is God! Every Since My Health Crisis, Situation, Down Size, or Melt Down; I Had Been Going Through Pure Hell, Torture, Injustice, Bitterness, Resentment, Rejection, Despisement, Abandonment, and Under Severe Attacks! Everybody and Their Maam Wants To See Me Die, or Tried/Attempted To Demise My Health Totally; In exchange to get rid of evidence, disable patient, crime victim, and key star main witness of the crime-myself!

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 22, 2012

So sorry for all your pain and suffering. You don't have to justify your beliefs to anyone. We are hear to support one another and this is inclusive of what helps a human being through trying times. You are not alone in your victimization and I admire you for sharing your story.
Please take good care of yourself because we also have to try to believe in ourselves.
Sincerely,
Roxie

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 22, 2012

I had no idea of what has been taking place OMG

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 22, 2012

don't worry Roxie Momentum is helping me I.m okay

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 22, 2012

Ok Piglit...

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 22, 2012

take care rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 22, 2012

Thanks for helping me too Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 22, 2012

Well said Jodi.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 22, 2012

yes Jodi I agree with Rox

china

Posted by @china, Apr 23, 2012

Yes correct

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 26, 2012

My daughters coworker of 8 years at Yale Hospital was found dead in his garden. She's sad to say the leas because they were also good friends and they both worked the night before and he was fine. Now she's finding it difficult to prepare for his wake. He was only 41. I'm older so it's scary to hear these things.

We have to try our best to enjoy life because we just never know when it's our turn. She's not religious but is spiritual and believes he's at peace even though he was taken so soon.

Here's to enjoying life a little more!
Roxie

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 26, 2012

That's sad so young at 41. Please let your daughter know that I.m thinking of her at this difficult time.
We need to enjoy each day as it comes and try to live to the best of our abilites. Life can be too short sometimes Take care Piglit I'm sure his beautiful soul is at peace

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 26, 2012

Thanks Piglit. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone so we should enjoy each and every day. Even if we have to push through trying times.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 26, 2012

That's exactly what we all have to try to do Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 26, 2012

I love to read, plant, light candles, drink relaxing teas, bowl and travel just to name a few things. Depression and other issues can rob us of good times but we have to try to do more fulfilling activities so life feels more like we are living instead of simply taking up space.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 26, 2012

It makes such a difference to have in things in life that we truly enjoy doing. I love walks along the beach, gardening, and also reading Piglit Depression can pull us down as we all know and it is so good to do things that we enjoy just for us. I call it my me time Piglit

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 27, 2012

Hi Ryan,
I'm impressed at the amount of time and effort that you invested in this discussion. Thank you. I have to finish reading your post but I wanted to acknowledge that I've seen it.
Take care,
Roxie

jodi

Posted by @jodi, Apr 27, 2012

My personal opinion is that I do not need an establishment. To go to to find my God or higher power. My God is there in my heart and soul to visit whenever I want or need to

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 27, 2012

I like that Jodi. I feel the same and a building does not mean that all my fear's and discomfort will vanish when I enter. I feel that one can be blessed anywhere....

Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 27, 2012

I too agree with both of you

jodi

Posted by @jodi, Apr 27, 2012

Prayer can be so calming to me and I just talk in my own words without a certain script. If I can not sleep sometimes I just turn to prayer. It can also be cathartic just unburdening yourself to above and you know no body will judge or dislike you.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 28, 2012

Good for you Jodi. We should be able to do whatever it takes to nurture ourselves without ridicule nor opposition.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 28, 2012

so true Rox

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 29, 2012

Please say prayers for mom who already has diabetes and arthritis and now her heart is failing. It's always something
Rox

jodi

Posted by @jodi, Apr 29, 2012

Prayers said for mom and you it must hurt a lot to worry about losing her do all you can do as long as she will have quality of life. Jodi.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 29, 2012

Have been sending many prayers for you Mum and you have been in my thoughts Big Hug Piglit

jodi

Posted by @jodi, Apr 29, 2012

Big hugs prayers and love. Otis my spaniel sends tail wags. I love him!!

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 30, 2012

Thanks Jodi and Piglit.... I'm scared for my mom.

china

Posted by @china, Apr 30, 2012

Don't believe in sacrifice of health over beliefs. That's absurd.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 30, 2012

so true China

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Apr 30, 2012

Thanks ladies. I adore my mother and no matter how old I get I'm still mom's girl.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Apr 30, 2012

Ryan do you really expect us to read all that. Please get real. and respect people and don't force your beliefs onto everyone. We all have a right to our own ideas and beliefs

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 10, 2012

It can be calming and a great way to center oneself.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 10, 2012

so true rox it can be calming

morriela

Posted by @morriela, Apr 30, 2012

I joined Mayo because I thought there would be health discussions. I've read through 3 pages and haven't seen a single thing about health?

china

Posted by @china, Apr 30, 2012

Hi. There are so many topics to pick from and all are about health. All from acne to women's health. Go to the homepage and pick the topic that you need. There is a lot of material on all topics a-z so I don't understand what ur talking about.

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 1, 2012

I decided to browse myself and there's a wealth of comprehensive information on every health issue possible. That was just a passive aggressive complaint but health is broad... I like holistic because it incumbers mind, body and spiritl.
Thanks
Rox

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piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 1, 2012

So proud and happy that you managed to get out of the house for a while. Hope you enjoyed the beer
and billiards. Take care Pilgit Big hugs back

joanneo

Posted by @joanneo, May 5, 2012

What specifically are u looking for we can help if u want or are u joking

morriela

Posted by @morriela, Apr 30, 2012

Lol, my own fault, I guess. Wrong forum. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous-3f3b8acb, Apr 30, 2012

Yes. The discussions have titles and for some health means a lot of different thiings.

hurtinchest

Posted by @hurtinchest, Oct 21, 2012

I am just starting on the same path....and feeling just as frustrated. Also just recovering from a bas car accident with a chest wall injury that is

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 6, 2012

Have not been very religious since childhood but I do have faith in a higher power. Step one is so powerful in admitting powerlessness and at times I do surrender in hopes that life will get less painful and more joyous. There have many instances when I felt blessed and other times when I felt let down. One has to accept than in life no one lives a challenge free one but it some times seems so unfair when evil seems to triumph over goodness.
I'll continue having faith and hope despite evil because goodness has to eventually triumph.
The Optimist,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 6, 2012

I have always relied on my faith and continue to do so. I am also very spiritual didn't really realize how much until I started reading the Road less Travelled recommended by my dear friend Momentum. It has given me a different outlook on many things. And Roxie you are so right with your words Keep the faith goodnes I am sure will triumph x0

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 7, 2012

Hi Piglit,
I'm trying my best and in all honesty I think my faith and my grammie are the glue holding me together right now. And, of course all my friends and loved one's. One of my coworkers wrote me that she missed me yesterday and that meant so much.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 7, 2012

I have no doubts that your faith and grammie are giving you strength at this time. How uplifting and wonderful for you that your dear coworker sent you that lovely letter. Receiving littlte things like that can make all the diiference can't they my dearfriend Rox x0

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 7, 2012

Hi Piglit,
It was nice of her to tell me I'm missed. Kindness goes such a long way... thank you for being so kind as well.
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 7, 2012

kindness does go along way Take care xo

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 8, 2012

You are kind Piglit" Hey, did you take a picture of your new hairstyle? I hope you are having a blessed night...
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 8, 2012

i can put one up a little darker maybe but with blonde in it too

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 8, 2012

Hi,
I would love to see!
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 8, 2012

will put a new photo uo tonight for you

glades2

Posted by @glades2, May 12, 2012

Hello,

I'm a Catholic Christian and probably would have lost my mind over these past 14 months had it not been for my faith and personal relationship with Jesus the Christ.

After being without serious illness for my entire life, at age 55 I lost my ability to urinate on my own, and have been with a foley (indwelling) catheter for the past 14 months.

To this day, when in the bathroom at work I'll notice other men relieving themselves naturally, and feel sadenned that I can no longer function that way, but through constant conversation with God, His Son and through the power of the Holy Spirit I've received the spirtual and mental and physical grace to keep going, through all the VERY unpleasant tests, through never-ending UTI's, through ongoing bladder spasms, and the fear that my life will be cut short by this medical condition that has no real cure, other than the brutal self-catherization every 4-6 hours or the dangerous foley catheter or SP tube (again, I have the foley).

I've had my faith since being baptized as an infant, but it began to grow in a special way after my parents passed on in the 1980's, and continued with the help of my second oldest sister (a parish volunteer and volunteer at administering communion), until she passed away from cancer 5 years ago.

I've always been a poor patient even for minor issues due to a fear of medical procedures, so rest assured (lol) that this entire issue as been a nightmare for me, but I'll talk and talk and talk to God - though sometimes get VERY upset and will accuse Him of "not doing His job or punishing me", etc., but then apologize and turn to Him for support, so it's an ongoing relationship that will not end until then end of my life on this Earth and then will be before God - with the hope that He will accept my life as it was - though I have to try my best with what's left of it...

I'll be traveling to Minnesota in early June for an assessment at the Mayo Clinic and am praying that the folks there will be able to do more than my local urologists, but at least it will be worth the long trip, because I believe God is offering it to me - because miracles do happen (as I've seen them happen many times over the years in the lives of others and my own) when we go forward with nothing but our faith in His providence...

Glades2

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 12, 2012

Hello,
I hope you get the help you need when you travel to Mayo Clinic. So sorry that you're experiencing health problems. No one enjoys being ill so you're not alone on that one. When I get one of my migraines I pray that they go away because they're unbearable made worse by ECT.
Thank you for sharing your beliefs and experience. I too believe in blessings.
Take good care of yourself and try not to be so hard on yourself for having a medical problem that you have no control over.
Sincerely,
Rox

piglit

Posted by @piglit, May 12, 2012

Hi I would also like to say that I hope all goes okay for you at the Mayo Clinic. It is not easy when you have ongoing health problems, I know this all to well as do other members in our community, Keep the faith and try to stay strong.Always here if you need to talk Piglit

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china

Posted by @china, May 13, 2012

I relate being Catholic n question why I had to be depressed but 2 brothers r not . They are not religious either. I get pissed having to take medicine that puts on weight.I'm an expert in hiding my sickness cause people like to judge a lot. I can go as far as thinking God does not care 4 me. My picture is of a carefree time b4 my mood turned 4 the worse. I look at it wondering what happened 2 me. In the family there is a lot of mental illness. I'm angry about it. It's not fair. You'll be fine. I don't like being sick just like you. Confusing 2 doubt God but I think normal.

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littledreamer

Posted by @littledreamer, May 23, 2012

When I was really sick, I doubting God. Hell, for a while I didn't believe in him because I thought it would be cruel for God to do this to me. But then I figured out if God hadn't given me this mental illness, I wouldn't be able to truly understand others who suffer from it. I know now when I become a doctor how I can help these people. God does everything for a reason, you just have to figure it out.

marylynette

Posted by @marylynette, May 23, 2012

Even if I can't figure out the reason, just knowing that God knows what is happening and that he loves me has given me the strength to continue my journey in this world. marylynette

marylynette

Posted by @marylynette, May 23, 2012

I hate medicine that puts on weight. I suffer from PTSD and treatment resistant depression and otten the docs try to put my physical problems into my own lap and say I am causing them.....all because they see that I have a mental illness. I have always appeared to the world to be happy and coping well with my life, few have any idea of the pain and suf fering I have been through. My family life was extremely crazy and unloving....and boy do I know about being judged. It is much easier to pretend I am feeling well than to be honest about my life since my disabilities are invisible...no one can see that I am always dehydrated and without energy. I don't like being sick, I have finally realized, however, that I have grown in many ways because of my illness and I understand others much better because of it. Although difficult I have come to realize that all life will have difficulties and mine are those of mental and physical illnesses which others do not see. I have learned a great deal because I have spent my life observing others since I often could not participate in whatever activity or conversation was taking place. I believe that this understanding will be of great help in the future, and it has already proven to be useful in recent times. Please don't give up or give in to the anger, for anger just eats you up from the inside and makes you sicker. I know that those who judge me unfairly will someday have to answer for their actions, and this knowledge has made it easier for me to forgive them and hand them over to the Lord and put the hurt they have caused me aside. My prayers are with you.....marylynette

marylynette

Posted by @marylynette, May 23, 2012

My prayers are with you as you face this nightmarish time. Having an ileostomy I cannot relieve my bowel as others, I use a catheter. I have experienced a great deal of pain when emptying my pouch, and after eating, for my small intestines do not work properly. The docs at Mayo have yet to find the cause for my health issues, and this is frustrating. But I, like you, continue to m ove forward with faith, knowing that all that happens gives me opportunities for growth and a closer relatipenship with my Lord. I will mark my calender to pray for you in early June as well as now. marylynette

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day... was bittersweet because it was the first holiday that grammie missed. She was very religious but I adored her for her emphasis on honesty...she exemplified strength when it came to doing things the right way. There were no short cuts for her.
Grammie taught me the difference between right and wrong and I thank her for this. I miss her but I believe she's happy in her resting place.
RIP ~ LDS

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