Everyone, sorry I've been absent so much these days. I've just gotten myself so involved locally and am doing so many "things" it's hard for me to make sure I do everything. I'm just now to the point of realizing that I must schedule time for the most important things or they will slip through the cracks. Mayo Connect is extremely important to me. So, I'm scheduling time now to review posts and respond.
I think I also needed a break from the groups here while I established my new outside interests to the point that they are now part of my life. I'm sifting through all the new activities and deciding which to leave behind and which to keep. Time and energy limits require prioritization of the things most important to me. I'm slowly adjusting to my new life here after 3 years of not having friends or being connected to my local community. I am so grateful for the support of Mayo Connect and you each individually. I feel like the people in this group are truly great friends of mine.
@parus When I first was reading your posts you seemed (to me) to be so down and hopeless that I was worried about you harming yourself. Not so anymore! Your posts have changed so much over the past year and become happy, open, free and joking. I am so happy about this change and I wanted to be sure you appreciate the work you've done to get to where you are now. I certainly appreciate your strength and love. Your posts and sharing help me to be better. You are a wonder!
@lioness You have been consistently a helper of others. I love how you share your knowledge with us every time you post. You have rarely asked for support, but when you do you have laid the groundwork for everyone to want to help you. What a caring and lovely woman you are.
@merpreb When you first started posting, I felt envious of you, and had some fear that in my absence you would acquire my friends here. You have done exactly that, and now I am thankful for your support of them! You offer very concrete support, information, and loving care. I'm no longer fearing loss of those people you support. I'm grateful for your posts and time here. You are a gift.
@gingerw You are another wonderfully supportive and caring person whose posts are spot on. I love reading your recommendations and how doing those things yourself has helped you. I'm grateful for your presence on this Connect.
I'm not meaning to leave people out of my post, I just wanted to be sure I expressed my feelings for those I have thanked here. I hope I don't sound like I'm assuming a "superior" position to anyone with my appreciations, as I truly see us as equals in everything.