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Mar 23, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

@muppey. Yes i do love my cat. I had her since she was a kitten. She is now 12 years old and doing well. I do have someone to talk to and someone happens to be my husband of 24 years. He also is my caregiver and best friend. My family if you want to call it that, does not talk to me. Am learning to let go of them and to tell you the truth it is not easy. My husband said people will be people and you cant change that. I always thought you could change people into something better but i guess not. My brothers and sisters will never change and that is something i have to learn. i am getting on with my life and leaving the negative things behind me and my family too. ill survive and hopefully make new and lasting friendships here. Trudy

Mar 17, 2018 · Loss and Grief: How are you doing? in Just Want to Talk

I am so sorry for everyone that lost someone that they loved deeply. My dad has been gone since 2001. God i still miss him so much!! When he died, it was a shock to my whole family. Who would of thought he would die before my mother. My mother passed away three years later. She was in a nursing home for twenty-five years due to a stroke she had. My dad visited her every day come rain or come shine. I still am not over their passing away. They were good people. I still cry sometimes when i think of them and still have vivid dreams about them to this day. It got easier to deal with their loss with the help from my husband Mark who loss his mother a few years ago too. prayers for everyone who loss someone, Trudy

Mar 16, 2018 · Family in Autoimmune Diseases

@cherriann, Thank you for your prayers and understanding. MY husband Mark said almost the same thing to me the other day.I guess I have been holding on for to long for them to come around. Am trying my best to let things go and it is getting better everyday that goes by. Thanks again for the prayers. Trudy

Mar 16, 2018 · Family in Autoimmune Diseases

Dear peach414144, I couldnt of said it better. My husband Mark said I have to let go of my family and move on. Hopefully I will have the strength and courage to do just that. I am working on it slowly. It is painful and mind boggling to think that family can hurt you so much and dont even blink and eye about either. Trudy

Mar 16, 2018 · Tips for first dr visit and tests/appt schedules in Visiting Mayo Clinic

hello, the first time my husband and I went to the mayo i couldnt believe how huge the campus was. Getting there was simple. The Hi-way was clearly marked as to which way to go. There was plenty of hotels to choose from and most of them offered free shuttles to the Mayo so you could choose not to drive. When you get inside the mayo clinic there were people asking if you need help finding your Doctor appointments. This was great for my husband and i since it was our first time there. Sometimes we would arrive early for my appointment and asked if we could get in a little earlier. Most of the time they said yes and our day went by a little shorter. My three days of testing went very smooth. I had day surgery while i was there and everyone was so helpful and nice. I guess i didnt need to be scared at all as to what to expect. everything went very well. Thanks a lot, Trudy

Mar 15, 2018 · Family in Autoimmune Diseases

@parus, I have cardiomyopathy.I had it since I was 35 years old. I had a serious infection due to surgery that was not heart related. the infection went straight to my heart. I have been fighting an up hill battle for years. One thing i can is that I wont let it win. Thanks for the support on family issues. Trudy

Mar 15, 2018 · Family in Autoimmune Diseases

I guess what am really trying to say is that the phone works both ways. My family knows where i live and they got my number. I guess I dont understand why they choose to be so distant. Half of my family does not know I have heart disease and the other half doesnt want to be bothered by it. my sister Rose, well that is a story in its self. I just wish it was like years ago when my parents were alive. we were all close then. now everyone is out for themselves. Either to busy or working long hours. Just to pick up the phone and say HELLO would be nice. I have tried to at least keep the family together but it didnt do any good. Thank you for reading this. Trudy

Mar 15, 2018 · Family in Autoimmune Diseases

Thank you @parus