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Aug 24, 2019 · Sustained on Her Journey by Connect Members: Meet @cindylb in About Connect: Who, What & Why

I am so happy to see this post from you ! You sound good and I'm glad; I read a post where you sounded very overwhelmed and have been thinking of you since then. I'll continue to send prayers and good thoughts your way up north!

Jul 6, 2018 · The 1-minute breathing meditation for relaxation in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Yoga was recommended to me recently. I've taken a large number of different classes and breathing is always a part of the classes 🙂

Jul 4, 2018 · Don't Want To Be a Complainer in Chronic Pain

Hello, I have been thinking of you and wanted to send something….. Many things in your story have reminded me of things in my story.

I'm pretty new to the site, have only responded to one other story, am not sure what is "allowed" as far as suggestions, fear saying something that will cause more anxiety to you, or someone else, ( can you tell depression and anxiety are big for me ?! )

I'm a ''senior'' with lots of life experiences…. Lots of "losses," which may be part of living this long…but pain is no fun in whatever form it comes…..physical, mental, spiritual.

When you wrote about loosing "the peace that passes understanding " my heart ached. I have days of severe depression when I can't pray. Luckily the "good" days come again, and I can feel my spiritual life returning. To have to live without the help of a faith, that has sustained me through so much, would be so very hard. I would like to encourage you to seek out help in this area of your life.

The different realms of life, and our taking care of the different areas, can seem overwhelming at times. But, the physical, mental, spiritual, all need attention. Sometimes just a tiny step is better than no step. Right now I am completing week 11 of a commitment to walking. It was recommended to combat the depression that I deal with. Some days I don't want to make the effort. I push myself and am glad that I have.

I have been praying for you, and will continue. Knowing people pray for me is a comfort, especially on the days when I can't pray.

I hope that you have had something to smile about on this 4th. of July……It was a "good" day for me AND I got to write to you, something I've thought a lot about doing, and pray is of some comfort to you.

Take care ~

Jun 5, 2018 · Sharing the Burden of Pain: Meet @sandytoes14 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hi and thanks for your welcome……I just responded to "sandytoes" and touched on some of your questions. I'm not very adept on the computer, and hope it's not too much trouble for you to find what I wrote……I look forward to being in touch !

Jun 5, 2018 · Sharing the Burden of Pain: Meet @sandytoes14 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hello, so sorry I've been so long in getting back to you. I'm not a big user of social media, or the internet…..Have avoided technology for a long time and do regret not getting on board a long time ago! I did want to respond to your inquiries about the neurofeedback that I mentioned in my initial post. I had a session today which involves being hooked up to little electrodes, attached to the head. Then viewing a computer screen at two different times, concentrating and waiting for feedback on how my concentration is doing. It is hard to explain in a concise way, but I'm beginning to sense a "shift"—– my "bad" days aren't as bad, and I do seem to have better endurance on both good and bad days. My cycles of good and bad days had been a very predictable every other day rotation. I would look ahead to see if I wanted to plan something for a good day. Then sometimes I'd have two bad days in a row and I'd be thrown off ….Now I'm having days that seem to be good or a combo of good and bad, not the severe bad days I once had every other day.

The recommendations to get daily , 40 minute aerobic exercise ( I walk fast at a nearby park ) and to try Yoga, I think are helping….The technician said the same thing today…….that what I'm doing, all together, makes the neurofeedback more productive. I also work hard at eating healthy, even when I don't feel like eating at all.

I will try hard to respond sooner in the future. We just had family visit for a week, and the weeks before that I was getting ready for the big visit. Thanks for the warm welcome !

May 16, 2018 · Sharing the Burden of Pain: Meet @sandytoes14 in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hello; this is my first connection to this site…….Have belonged, but not participated until now. The topic of pain caught my eye. My pain is in the form of depression which has a cycle of every other day "good" and "bad." I've tried a number of approaches to finding relief. Currently I'm in a series of neurofeedback "brain training" which has been slow to help…..not sure how it will turn out. Do try to get in daily fast walks and have recently tried Yoga…..These seem to be making some difference. Not sure this was the place to send all of this ? Oh, your comments about your husbands last duty station made me smile. My Army husband's last station was The Presidio in SF ~ I called them our "Camelot" days :-)))) I look forward to reading more of your posts; thanks for sharing….