It’s been a pretty good week for me. I am feeling better, both emotionally and physically. I am also feeling motivated and inspired. A nice change from feeling overwhelmed and defeated because I can’t do as much as I want to. It’s a shame when in your mind, you feel 25. Full of vim and vigor. Yet your body says “Yeah, right!” and laughs hysterically.
My friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer only 3 months ago, and had surgery 3 weeks ago, is doing well. That weighed heavily on my heart, especially since I have so many friends that have had to battle cancer.
Hubby and I have started exercising together a few days ago. Only twice so far, but still it’s a start. I have to admit I do feel much better. Not nearly as sore as I expected to be after a couple of years of minimal exertion. I find it funny how physical activity improves mental health.
I missed writing several posts because I’ve been pretty scatterbrained this month and couldn’t stay focused on writing. But I have accomplished a lot that brings me joy. I have been cleaning out and reorganizing. Things that needed to be done while I was motivated and feeling somewhat energetic. I’ve also started crafting, which I really enjoy doing. I’ll share those projects over the next few weeks.
Video – One Moment in Time
I’m not really a music-lover, but every once in awhile I’ll hear a song that reaches my soul. This is one! It gave me goosebumps. Dana Winner is a Belgian singer who is famous in Flanders, South Africa and the Netherlands.
The words of this Whitney Houston song was the theme song for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Olympics. The words were perfectly fitted for the Olympics. However, I can relate too because of what I have gone through with lung disease and how far I have come. I’m never going to be healed and be able to do all I want to do. I had to choose some other avenues for creative outlets and work around my limitations. I know it could be so much worse though.
I had a conversation several months ago with a friend of mine who is in constant pain. She uses a TENS unit (see below) to be able to get through her work days and all of the things she wants to do. She belongs to volunteer organizations and goes to lots of seminars and workshops for personal enjoyment.
Her theory is: I could lay around doing nothing, waiting to die or I could go out and enjoy every day of my life.
I am amazed at what she gets accomplished and I am trying to follow suit. She has much different issues than I, but the message is the same, regardless of the health issues.
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Here is a TENS unit on Amazon, if you are interested in learning more about it and read some reviews. This unit comes with 8 self-adhesive and reusable pads, but more will need to be ordered later. I saw that a TENS unit is also available through Walmart, but that may only be at Walmart.com. I didn’t realize they could be bought retail, or I would have gotten one a long time ago.
I know several of my friends suffer from chronic pain. It might be worth a shot to try it out. If it doesn’t work, you can always return it.
I saw they also had Acupuncture Massage Slippers compatible with some TENS units. Wish I had seen those last year when I went through months of neuropathy. The only thing that helped me then was a hand held massager with the little rubber spikes on the bottom of my feet.