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What keeps you motivated during a difficult period in your life? What brings you joy? Happiness?
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@karina77 I think it's sort of a vicious cycle. I am happy and more content when I am doing something, and so automatically want to do things to attain that happiness. I am always happy when I can do things for my adult son and daughter, but it is also extremely gratifying to be able to do things for friends and acquaintances who are going through difficult times, whether it be health problems or other problems.
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What keeps me motivated is capturing a little bit of nature's beauty while looking out my window and day dreaming. Daylilies just started blooming and it's a welcome site. Have on occasion seen a hummingbird at the flowers which makes it an even better treat.
Happy Friday all!
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@johnbishop : just happened on this forum, and your post. A few years ago my spiritual guided – I’m not – sister-in-law asked me what I would miss the most in life. To me, it’s simply nature. Outdoors. I garden. I walk. I swim, sometimes. I am very aware of daily changes in my backyard. I know when the hummingbirds will be around me while I’m doing yard chores, I also know when the rabbits stole some of my lettuce. I tolerate heat waves, hate dry spells, and am a perfect walking example of senile purpura at all times (It’s a female thing, look it up). Love your photos! Wish I could contribute my own…. sun flowers are flourishing here now, and whatever those tiny, fluffy little yellow-bellied birds (finches?) are, they are feasting on the seeds, and at times you can’t tell where the sun flower ends, and the bird starts. Neat!
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What keeps me motivated is living through 4 lung cancers and being able to give hope to others. To keep going until you can't.
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What keeps me going? Encounters like yesterday's synchronicity moment. I drove 100 miles to my former medical center, to retrieve image copies of 2 scans from 2017. You know what they say about timing. As I entered an old section, that is being remodeled, I heard a man speaking on a phone. By golly it sounded like my old primary care Dr., who had left his job to go to Liberia and head up the ebola crisis response effort 10 years ago. He had stayed until last year, then moved to northern California. This man stood up, and it was him! We greeted like old friends, caught each other up on news, he is now CEO of that facility. He gave me references for primary care Drs near my new home. I realised how much of a warrioress I really am, handling these health challenges, and it made me feel good. Five minutes either way and we wouldn't have met up. Things like that keep me going.
Are you Scandinavia by chance
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@gingerw And it isn't by coincidence it was meant to be . Nice when things like this happen.
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@johnbishop Beautiful thanks for sharing . Makes my heart sing when I see beauty like this
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Sometimes I really wonder what keeps me going. Probably my family which is large and has always been close. My sons are really my pride and my husband is everything. My sisters, who have problems of their own, but they came to help me. And my mother who has lived thru everything and counts on me to explain her cancer and her options, and those who’ve counted on me and look to me as a role model. How can I let them all down—they motivate me. And when it’s tough, I go out and look at the mountains! And I’m going to see my grandchildren this week!!
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@becsbuddy– Those grandkids are a lucky bunch!
What gorgeous birds, John!
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@merpreb thank you!
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@ellerbracke I have senile purpura also. A nice term for it is actinic purpura I think. My dermatologist prescribed tretinoin for it and it is helping. It's expensive but I found it for about a quarter of the price using the GoodRx app. There is also an OTC cream for it, Dermend.
I think men can get them also too.
@gingerw What a great coincidence, a real serendipity. That's great that he gave you some PCP names, very helpful.
@becsbuddy Becky, my son, and daughter are also a great support. Whenever I have a doctor appointment, no matter how minor, my son calls to see if things went OK. They both obviously realize that we are getting older and will not be around forever. During my cirrhosis, my sister was great too. It actually brought us closer. Interestingly I found that some of my closest friends, when I was not able to be very sociable, almost dropped out of my life. You learn a lot when you are sick.
As the quite I currently have on my emails says:
Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest.
It’s about who came and never left your side.
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