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Fri, Aug 10, 2018 9:00am

Feeling a Little Alone: Meet @mamacita

By John, Volunteer Mentor, @johnbishop

Member Spotlights feature interviews with fellow Connect members. Learn more about members you’ve connected with and some you haven’t met yet. Nominate a member you think should share the spotlight.

2018.8.7 Mamacita Jane Member Spotlight

 

JOHN: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect? What motivates you to take part in the community?

@mamacita: I grew up being taught that knowledge was a good thing to strive for, but wisdom was what we needed to be happy and successful in life. Mayo Clinic has long had the reputation for being the place to go when you need some serious answers. Doctors in my community tried, but my conditions were not really understood very well. Small towns sometimes do not gain the experience that larger cities have in dealing with complicated illnesses, as there are fewer people affected.

Mayo Clinic Connect was there for me when I faced many serious health issues. I turned to Mayo Clinic Connect to find solace in the company of others who had been through what I endured. There I found not only comfort, but serious attention to my circumstances. I felt that I was being heard, at last.

JOHN: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?

@mamacita: When I am "talking" with another patient on Mayo Clinic Connect, I feel as if we are sitting in the lobby of one of the finest medical institutions in the country, if not the world. I talk to everyone, and everyone has a story. I meet so many people and have learned so much from them. Just like when you become acquainted with the folks you talk to for hours at the hospital, learning and sharing with friends made on Mayo Clinic Connect builds community. It's a great feeling to know you aren't alone. 

JOHN: What groups do you participate in?

@mamacita: Most of the time, I participate in the Adults on the Autism Spectrum discussion.  I routinely check in with the Chronic Pain group, and I also am involved in discussions about topics like long-term depression, anxiety and panic attacks or fibromyalgia pain. Many symptoms overlap into other groups, so you never know where I may show up! I also like to check on groups to see if there is anything helpful that I might add.

JOHN: Who has been a special connection for you on Connect?

@mamacita: From the beginning, @gailb and @hopeful33250 have been so encouraging and supportive. I am a big fan of how they speak with other members and the kindness that they show. @johnbishop also has been wonderful about giving suggestions and information. 

JOHN: What surprised you the most about Connect?

@mamacita: The most surprising thing about Connect to me is the vast number of medical topics that are covered by the discussion groups. This is very important to me, because I know all too well what it’s like to feel alone in the middle of your suffering. Whether it is your child or your partner, or yourself, when you need a helping hand, I’ve found Connect members are there for each other.

JOHN: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?

@mamacita: Our young teenager energizes me. He is full of life, smart, kind and funny. He was airlifted to a children's hospital a couple of years ago with a severe head injury. Blood was seeping from his brain, and his fractured skull posed an equal threat. Two days later he was home, having survived surgery to release the blood and save his life. I will be grateful always to the medical team who saved him.

JOHN: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.

@mamacita: Spending time with my family, and my friends who are like family, is the most fun ever. Whether we are watching “Doctor Who,” “Father Brown,” or catching “Incredibles 2” at the theater, we have a good time. We sing, cook, play instruments and love on our animals nothing better.

JOHN: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?

@mamacita: "We are better together." When I first started using this quote, it was used on Facebook by a dear pastor friend of mine. She is on a mission to make sure everyone knows they are loved and accepted just for who they are. She is a wise lady and knows that it takes all of us working together to make our communities a better place.

JOHN: What do you appreciate the most in your friends?

@mamacita: Loyalty is the greatest asset one can have, as far as having friends goes. Honesty is so very important that it has to almost be right up there next to loyalty. Friends are in your life for a reason. You may not understand at first why the universe put you together, but you will, and you will be amazed.

JOHN: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see cast as you?

@mamacita: Hollywood has the perfect actress to play me in the story of my life. Her name is Kathy Bates, famous for her roles in “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Blind Side,” and “Titanic.” People tell me all the time that we look like we could be sisters, and we even sound and act alike.

JOHN: What do you love about where you live or vacation?

@mamacita: Our family loves the beach. Alabama has the most beautiful beaches in the world, if I do say so myself. The water is heavenly, the salty air is so refreshing … well. Y'all just come on down here and see for yourself!

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@mamacita

You are a delightful addition to our Connect community. You provide us all with inspiration and a spirit of hope! Thanks for taking the time to be here and to offer your words of wisdom. We really are "better together."
Teresa

Hey, @hopeful33250, thank you for tjose kind words. Back acha, girl!,

John, you deserve a medal for working me through this while I recovered from foot surgery. Your patience and kindness are exemplary. God bless you.

@mamacita Really enjoyed your spotlight! Nice to get to know you a bit better! Cheers!

@mamacita, Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Thank you for what you do to support others.

@mammacita, I enjoyed reading your spotlight. I am going to consider your last sentence an invite! I would love to meet you in person some day. We moved to S.C. from the Southwest and plan to bounce out to surrounding states to explore. The shores of Alabama are on our list. (I love seafood) I like reading your posts to people; I am trying to bring more warmth to my conversations because I tend to be too factual. I am the go-to person to research and return with answers from reputable sources. I can tell that you are a sincere and warm person, and because you are; you are a Godsend to the people on Connect. Thank you for being here!

@mamacita I am so glad I got to learn a little more about you. I love reading posts – you paint excellent pictures with your words!

@mamacita

John, you deserve a medal for working me through this while I recovered from foot surgery. Your patience and kindness are exemplary. God bless you.

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@mamacita – you did all the work! Great job!!

@mamacita I am so glad to read your spotlight piece! It makes me feel loser to you, although there are many miles between us. It's like setting on the front porch with a glass of iced tea, and chatting up a storm.

What a blessing to have found Mayo Connect. I have a subscriber to newsletters and info for years, and never thought about this opportunity. You're right, it sure makes you feel less alone.

@gingerw

@mamacita I am so glad to read your spotlight piece! It makes me feel loser to you, although there are many miles between us. It's like setting on the front porch with a glass of iced tea, and chatting up a storm.

What a blessing to have found Mayo Connect. I have a subscriber to newsletters and info for years, and never thought about this opportunity. You're right, it sure makes you feel less alone.

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Hey,@gingerw, you make me smile! Thank you for those kind words about the Mayo Clinic Connect interview. I'm so glad it had a positive effect for you. I was telling my husband earlier today that I felt like I hadn't been thorough enough with my answers. I "played it safe" and didn't go into a lot of detail on anything that might be controversial. You know how it is on a first date. You put on your best clothes, smile a lot, have your best manners, etc….That's kind of how I felt. Then after several dates, you warm up a little and are more yourself. I'm so glad you are here! You add so much to our groups! Love and hugs!

@johnbishop

@mamacita I am so glad I got to learn a little more about you. I love reading posts – you paint excellent pictures with your words!

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Hey,@johnbishop, how ya doin'? It's not been the easiest of weeks having to put up with someone who quite crankily, was recovering from foot surgery. Apparently I am not an ideal pattient, because everything took ten times longer than it normally would have. You were the best, very kind, and patient, helpful to the end. And everything worked out just fine. Even the grainy picture worked fine. My sweet daughter took that picture, and it is one of my favorites. Thanks again to you and everyone involved . I am so grateful for you all!

@windwalker

@mammacita, I enjoyed reading your spotlight. I am going to consider your last sentence an invite! I would love to meet you in person some day. We moved to S.C. from the Southwest and plan to bounce out to surrounding states to explore. The shores of Alabama are on our list. (I love seafood) I like reading your posts to people; I am trying to bring more warmth to my conversations because I tend to be too factual. I am the go-to person to research and return with answers from reputable sources. I can tell that you are a sincere and warm person, and because you are; you are a Godsend to the people on Connect. Thank you for being here!

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Now, see, @windwalker, I am the one who wishes she could copy and paste so easily and transfer material from other sources to Mayo Clinic Connect! Frankly, I haven't taught myself to do that yet. I admire you young whippersnappers who can do all of that so easily! Next time we go to Gulf Shores, I will message you. Maybe we can meet up on the beach. It's really beautiful. We'll have a great time. Oh, and thanks for your kind words! I thought I answered a little too white bread. Dull and boring. But safe. Safe is good. Ok, I will talk to you later, dear!

@johnbishop

@mamacita I am so glad I got to learn a little more about you. I love reading posts – you paint excellent pictures with your words!

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Hi @mamacita — I'm doing, well to quote one of my favorite sayings…"Finer than frog's hair split three ways!" It's Friday, my favorite day of the work week. We are all grateful for your presence here too!

@mamacita You are a lovely, warm addition to the Connect family. Thank you for letting us have a peak into your life. Im so happy to read that your son recovered from the brain bleed. You must have been so scared!
I'm hoping to visit Alabama's gulf coast. I have been to Pensacola and other places on the panhandle.i live further down the Gulf near Tampa FL

@sandytoes14

@mamacita You are a lovely, warm addition to the Connect family. Thank you for letting us have a peak into your life. Im so happy to read that your son recovered from the brain bleed. You must have been so scared!
I'm hoping to visit Alabama's gulf coast. I have been to Pensacola and other places on the panhandle.i live further down the Gulf near Tampa FL

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Aww,@sandytoes, you are so sweet! And yes, that was the worst day of my life. I had to trust that he would be in safe hands not only on the medflighr down there but during his hospital stay. His surgeon was the best at the Children's Hospital, and everyone there was so professional and good to our boy. It was a true learning experience. I have learned to be grateful for every day, because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I hope we get to meet in person sometime, maybe at the Mentors meeting one day! Hugs and love!

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