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Blog Giveaway 4

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Kelly Damron of Twin Peas Blog and Podcast and author of Tiny Toes: A Couple’s Journey Through Infertility, Prematurity and Depression generously donated three books to be used as blog giveaways for the launch of this new blog.

Allison won the first book – Authentic Happiness. That means the other two books remain for blog giveaways.

This giveaway is a two for one!

If you are picked the winner, you will win BOTH of these books!

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert:

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Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden:

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To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. (You may enter more than once by commenting more than once). I will pick a comment number at random out of those made by Friday, July 17th at 9:30 pm EST. The winner will be announced sometime that weekend. So be sure to check back then to see if you are the winner for this special two for one blog giveaway!

(Due to the costs involved with shipping, you are eligible for this contest if you have a U.S. shipping address).

This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright Β© Jeanne β€” chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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32 comments

1 EndochickNo Gravatar { 07.05.09 at 10:44 pm }

I could use some happiness right now.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Heat Intolerance & The Midwest Summer =-.

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.05.09 at 10:52 pm }

Endochick,

Wow! I wasn’t expecting a comment within moments of posting… but I’m not complaining. πŸ™‚

Your enthusiasm is duly noted! Granted, that won’t do anything for you on which number Random.org picks as the winner. However, it’s duly noted in my brain. πŸ™‚

Jeanne

3 NatalieNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 12:04 am }

At first I thought you meant the book was for couples…lol silly me…
I could use happiness. πŸ™‚

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 12:08 am }

Welcome Natalie!

Nope. A couple of BOOKS for the winner. Not bad, huh? πŸ™‚

Jeanne

5 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:08 am }

Happiness is also something I could use right now. As I mentioned in a previous comment to your blog, my supply of happiness during what should be the happiest time of my life, is running in short supply.

Nathaniel Branden is wonderful Jeanne. I’m not sure if you have had a chance to ever read him before. Essentially he is a “self-esteem” and “self-awareness” guru. In my continuing education for social work I have stumbled on Branden years ago. He wrote two VERY cool books; “Honoring the Self” and “The Disowned Self”. In Honoring the Self, Branden talks about the feeling of waking up at 3am, and having a sudden panic as we don’t know who we are or our purpose in life. He talks of how we are emotionally repressed through our everyday dealings in a society where it isn’t acceptable to display all of our emotions. He puts forth the argument that in order to be “whole” and experience “authentic happiness” we must also be able to experience the flip opposite of that emotion, sadness. In our society it’s ok to be happy, but it’s just not okay to shown our sadness in public.

In the DisOwned Self, Branden talks about this denial of emotions of a deeper level, as a course of action that is brought to us in childhood.

I’m a huge fan of using the sentence completion technique in the therapy I do with my clients. I often find myself giving them a relaxation exercise and then handing them a a piece of paper and asking them to write down the first few things that pop into their mind in response to the questions I ask. I then will pick one of their responses that I think is closest to the truth to explore it further with another question and so on. It’s a great technique for attempting to get down to the heart of what might be going on for that individual during a particular experience.

I have read The Six Pillars of Self Esteem, as well as his beginner book The Psychology of Self Esteem, and absolutely adore him. He has also written a smaller book called “What Love Asks of Us” which promotes the idea of remaining an individual within a couplehood. I would recommend any of your readers to pick up a Nathaniel Branden Book.

How’s that for comment #1 from me?!

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Endo and CMP =-.

6 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:15 am }

Jeanne,

It’s 1am and I am sitting here wide awake. I don’t dare lay in bed right now as my inevitable tossing and turning is going to disturb Brian so I find myself checking out what’s going in the blogosphere.

Tomorrow is a long day during which I’m going to remain focused on being happy. I have a lot to be happy for; a beautiful little boy whose favorite thing in the world to do is to tickle the baby growing inside me and saying “coochi-coochi-coo”; a wonderfully supportive family who makes an 1 drive to come pick me up, and then an 1.5hr drive (one way) to take me to the doctor twice a week; a loving fiance who worries greatly about my health and is overly ecstatic to be having our baby girl one of these days (hopefully later rather than sooner). I truly am blessed despite the constant fibromyalgia pain. Despite the trips to the ER. Despite the fainting, the IVs, the bloodwork, the unanesthetized surgery. Despite having to see multiple doctors on a weekly basis and the constant worry of having my baby arrive too soon due to everything going on with my body. I really am happy.

I think part of my spirit to get through all of this crap in one piece is the support I get from my “virtual friends”. No matter how bad my day is, I always find reassurance in my fellow e-friends.

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Endo and CMP =-.

7 Jen Van RiperNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:24 am }

I think a little happiness is in order around here. Both my husband and I have been struggling lately with what life has thrown our way….financial problems, my health problems, you name it. Two books so we can read and trade off between the two of us πŸ™‚ Also….in a time where I’m battling this PCOS and wanting to win and get my body back from all the side effects….some self esteem can’t do anything but good. I need all the Self Esteem I can get.

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:32 am }

Melissa,

Yes, my dear. We are going to brainstorm and find you some happiness on the double. You’ve had enough adversity for awhile. You just hang in there because you are doing an amazing job of navigating a challenging situation. So, hang in there!

I’m so glad you like Nathaniel Branden. I honestly haven’t read his work. These were books that Kelly Damron had graciously picked. (So I knew they’d be good)! That’s awesome that you’re already familiar with him. It’s very true that our society doesn’t exactly facilitate us being open about our emotions (for the most part). What you described (needing to feel sadness to appreciate the happiness) is so true. I think it’s all about balance and contrast. To appreciate the nice weather, it helps to have felt the brutal cold. I think our society is way too preoccupied with the “stiff upper lip”, “grin and bear it” mentality. Bottling emotions is unhealthy.

Look at you. You’ve already read one of these books. My dear Melissa, is there any book you haven’t read? πŸ™‚

Your ringing endorsement of both authors certainly is good news. Makes me wish I were eligible to win. πŸ™‚

Seriously, that’s great that you are so enthusiastic about these books and authors. That’s great news!

In answer to your final question, that’s awesome for comment #1 from you. (You are TOO FUNNY)!

Take care,

Jeanne

P.S. That remaining an individual within a couple concept is important and all too often gets “lost in the shuffle”. That’s great.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:49 am }

Melissa,

1:34 am. Wide awake too. I understand. I hope to try to go to bed soon but I’m not quite there yet. I need to be up at 7:00 am. Yay! So I’m really pushing it being awake. I detest insomnia. πŸ™

Tomorrow will be a long day for me too. I’m trying not to use the word dread but, let’s just say, I’m not exactly looking forward to it. Like you, though, I am going to try to focus on the happy aspects and not the negative ones. As I mentioned to you earlier, my (local) friend and I see the same primary care physician and we’re going to try to swap the appointment from her to me. I need to get to the bottom of this feeling faint every day. I truly believe the blood pressure wackiness is a huge factor if not the whole explanation. We’ll see what she says. I just hope her Fort Knox of a staff doesn’t keep me from snagging that appointment. We’ll see. It’ll be a long morning before that (for reasons I won’t get into now) and I’m worried about how my body will handle it. We’ll see.

You are right that Jacob’s excitement about a sister on the way, your parents’ phenomenal support with the immense amount of driving you in to the hospital, and Brian’s deep concern over your health plus his excitement about the baby on the way are all huge blessings. I also understand that none of this magically negates your fibromyalgia pain. Having been in a fibro flare-up for weeks myself, I can empathize with that part and it’s NOT fun!

Despite ER trips, fainting, IVs, bloodwork like crazy, and unanesthetized surgery, you have retained your sense of humor and stayed remarkably strong! You are amazing.

Isn’t the support of virtual friends just unbelievable?? It truly is amazing just how much support is out there from people who “get it” and really care! πŸ™‚

Take care,

Jeanne

P.S. I hope you get some sleep. I’m about to!

10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 1:59 am }

Welcome Jen!

Happy to see you here, my Facebook friend. Having been through our share of severe financial and health problems (my husband and me), I can certainly empathize with you!!

That’s a nice idea… to trade off books. Once upon a time, my husband and I used to sometimes read a book together and take turns reading it to each other. Time has run away from us and we haven’t done that in a long, long time.

I don’t know if you follow the blog “Foxy in the waiting room” but she has PCOS and her site is in my blogroll… if that helps at all. Thank for stopping by and good luck with the contest. Y’all come back and visit again now, ya hear? πŸ™‚

Take care,

Jeanne

11 JNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 5:01 am }

Hi Jeanne,
I think with everything that’s gone on in my life the last two months those books would be incredibly helpful. Especially the happiness one… I could really use some happiness!
J
.-= J´s last blog ..Crazy, crazy life…. =-.

12 ShaunaNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 7:56 am }

Hello????

Can you see me Jeanne?? Ah darn I was going to try and slip in here to do my best to actually WIN something as I never do!! LOL

How are you dear? I wrote McK today so we’ll see wht happens. Haven’t checked her Squidoo blogs so better do that also…ahh time will be of the essence for me the next few days…actually this week–hired Binder and Binder for my attorneys for Social Security Disability. Had been thinking about them, and I went to another Chronic Pain site where I’ve been posting for a long time now, and 3 peeps said they had used them and gotten a decision in 60 days. Have my interview in person and sign the retainer this Tuesday!!! So need to gather ALL my medical records and MRI results, etc., for them, make copies, and give them a nicel typed list of what I do each day, how they didn’t even ASK for my pain docs records, even though he’s been my pain doc actively for over 5 years now…but as he even told me. I hear from many, now including my lawyers, that the 1st and usually the 2nd appeals are denied–it’s going to the judge that having a lawyer that is prepared is going to help. They do it all, with what my life is now, (extremely busy ), is a Godsend alone!! I need to write you and tell you what is going on….

So I’ll write you soon, and hope that you are feeling well as can be sweetie!!

Gentle Hugs <3
.-= Shauna´s last blog ..Making Your Pain Doctor A Partner =-.

13 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 8:57 am }

Jen –

I can certainly empathize with the need for self-esteem building when you are struggling to get through everyday life. Whose self-esteem wouldn’t be at least a bit affected by the constant issues that we have to deal with.

I go to what is titled a “teaching hospital” for my treatments. My doctors seem to love bringing past their medical students and having everyone do a bit of an examination. It’s not a far stretch to start thinking that you’re just another number that they have to deal with. I’m not sure if you have reproductive issues, but I can remember at one point clearly feeling as though my vagina and uterus were open for the business of exploration since they seemed to like to use me as examples of how to do pelvic exams. It’s hard not to lose your sense of dignity in situations like that.

I recently went in for a colonoscopy after the discovery of a partial bowel obstruction and a lot of other symptoms. I was feeling so down that day that to lift myself up I took a wax crayon and drew a happy face on my lower back just above the bum. It’s my way of gaining back some sense of self in all that I have to go through.

I like the idea of book sharing myself. I’m wondering how much it would cost to snail mail books across the border… (I’m in Canada). If you were to ask Jeanne, she would tell you that I own a bookstore (not really but it feels like it).

And Jeanne – there’s still some books out there I haven’t read yet! But my birthday is coming up so they are on my wishlist that I gave to my parents and grandparents. More therapy books! Just what I need, lol! But for some reason I do enjoy reading them more than I do some of the fiction.

take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Endo and CMP =-.

14 EndochickNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 9:01 am }

Oh, my comment – that’s what your e-mail was talking about! LOL I had a a bit of upsetting news last night concerning my stupid college transcript (as if this could be happening since I’ve ALREADY graduated!!!) and a teacher who just hasn’t figured out she shouldn’t be grading at the last minute!!! Anyway, I’m just frustrated beyond all belief right now. Beyond all belief!!
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Heat Intolerance & The Midwest Summer =-.

15 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 9:27 am }

J,

I know you’ve been going through an awful lot. Good luck to you! πŸ™‚

Jeanne

16 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 9:49 am }

Shauna,

Hello???? I can see you fine. You see (no pun intended) my eyes are one of the few things that work properly. What made you think I couldn’t see you, Shauna? (Heehee). Seriously, I think sneaking into a contest would be a way not to get picked to win, right? πŸ™‚ How can you be picked if no one sees you?

I’m… here. I have not been feeling well at all. My problem with feeling faint has reached the point where my husband logged in from home so he can drive me to the doctor today (45 minutes of driving each way, out of the question for me). So he’ll be logged in with his laptop in the waiting room today. Yahoo! I’m sure he’s thrilled (NOT). I can’t go on like this, though. My blood pressure is totally whacked. So I need to get in. Thankfully, my friend and I see the same PCP and she had to cancel today so I snagged her appointment. Otherwise it would have been quite awhile to get in.

I hope you hear from Mckayk! I’ve never seen her Squidoo blogs. You’ll have to email me her links.

Best of luck with your disability case. Social Security Disability is a royal pain in the you-know-what. Approximately 70% of cases are denied when the claim first gets submitted, regardless of merit. Then an appeal can be filed. That goes before a Social Security Administration (federal) judge. The wait time for appeals varies but last I heard it was about 2.5 years from when the claim was first denied to the hearing date before the judge. Also, don’t expect any logic (like the pain doc records you mentioned) because the entire process is illogical. I have talked with many people who have been through this process. There is little, if any, logic to it. So brace yourself from day one for that aspect. Yes, having a lawyer is a good idea. It’s a complicated, grueling process (not to scare you).

I hope that you are feeling as well as you can be and I’ll talk with you soon!!

((Hugs))

Jeanne

17 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 10:01 am }

Melissa,

I think chronic illness is bound to impact just about any patient’s self-esteem to some degree.

Ah, yes. The teaching hospital. I have been the subject of freak shows enough times to know what you mean. I have served as guinea pig. It’s always interesting when a bunch of doctors stare at you at once with grave faces and then one wiseacre cracks a comment like, “Wow… I’ve never seen that before”. That’s always comforting (NOT)! We ARE numbers in these cases.

I still laugh at your wax-crayon-drawn happy face story. πŸ™‚

Your sense of humor is key.

Yes, liking the book sharing idea. Good one. Oh, Melissa, I messed up on the shipping. I sent you a note. (See details there). Well, you have to admit… you probably could open a small bookstore with what you have, no?

Now wait a minute! You told me you don’t celebrate birthdays! You were quite specific. What gives? You don’t accept birthday cards but you’ve already submitted wishlists to your grandparents? Help me out. Somehow you weren’t counting books or something? πŸ™‚

I’m just messing with you.

Take care,

Jeanne

18 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 10:07 am }

Endochick,

Sorry your teacher is messing up your college transcript. I hope it all gets sorted out quickly!

Jeanne

19 EndochickNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 11:31 am }

Hopefully, my day will begin looking up. Called in sick so at least I don’t have to go anywhere! I can just rest my voice and body and take it easy and get well.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..NSAID’s & Endometriosis – A Brief on a Scientific Study =-.

20 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.06.09 at 6:16 pm }

Endochick,

I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I’m glad you’re resting. I hope you feel much better soon!

Jeanne

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22 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 7:19 am }

Happiness to me is not celebrating birthdays Jeanne. I do not like to be the center of attention at parties, I would rather melt into the background. In any case, in regards to my asking for books for my birthday (August), people seem to like to commemorate the anniversary of my arrival to my family through giving me gifts. i would rather in this case get something that might be useful, and so will give out a list of things I would like. This year, it’s a travelling electronic photo show-offer thing that I can upload baby pictures and family pictures to, and yes, books.

here in Canada in order to call yourself a Social Worker, you must register with the College of Social Workers. Well they have decided that us social workers must make PLANS for our professional development each year and that we may be audited on these plans and what we have done at any time within a 7 year period. So I must have a development plan. My plan for this calendar year of development is to learn more about the practice of instilling emotional intelligence to the children in today’s society. All too often we focus on our children being “smart” and neglecting that they can also be “smart” in learning how to give proper emotionally controlled responses to situations. So that’s this years pet project. I found some great books I would like so that’s what I refer to when I say my “book list”. Having more work for me to do! Happy Birthday to me, here’s some work….

At least I can laugh at how absolutely practical my request is!

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Endo and CMP =-.

23 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 7:32 am }

And just for you Jeanne – Happiness is NOT Marineland, as some of the commercials would like to suggest.

For those of you who are wondering what on earth I’m talking about, Marineland is an amusement park based upon marine life animals. They put on cute little acts with dolphins, whales, seals and sea lions. Then the other part is the rides.

In my state of chronic illness, I decided that my son and I really needed to go to Marineland last year, which is about a 2 hour drive one way for us. My partner declined his desire to go on the trip with us, so off we went by ourselves. We had to park a zillion miles away, and when you have little legs with you, those zillion miles might as well be forever. Then the park itself is so spread out in it’s attractions that it was more walking. No wonder little legs was in almost a crying state of “my legs hurt” when we left.

the cost of the park was ridiculous. But the killer thing was that we paid an additional like $25 to be able to see and touch a Beluga whale up close and personal. My son swore to me that he would do it, that he wasn’t afraid and that he really wanted to do this. I paid, afterall, I knew after being pushed through the gates to a show during the stampede to get seats for a show, this would be our last visit. So I paid. We waited our hour in line to pay, and then another hour to touch the Beluga. In short Jacob freaked out. But we did get a picture of him *almost* touching the Beluga.

It was a long, long day for someone with a chronic illness, and it certainly did not live up to the commercial claims of happiness. Another reminder that happiness can’t be found in a theme park, but can only come from within. The happiest part of my day was hugging my son and hearing him whisper thank you mommy as he drifted off to sleep.

Take care,
Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..Endo and CMP =-.

24 JNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 8:11 am }

Jeanne
Some things have changed even more the last few days, and it looks like our home life will be changing by large amounts here in the next year (at most) so I’d really like to have these books!
J
.-= J´s last blog ..umm… =-.

25 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 11:06 am }

Melissa,

I just had to tease you after our conversation recently about birthdays. That makes perfect sense. It certainly is practical, like you said. You’re too funny.

Jeanne

26 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 11:26 am }

Melissa,

Haha. With all due respect to the people at Marineland… I have been there too and I have to say it was an exhausting experience on many levels.

It also, for me, (coincidence or not… I think not) was day one of a new form of chronic pain that finally led to surgery after 4 years of trying to escape surgery #7 (having had 2 nerve blocks prior to that surgery).

Oh, and the surgery did not help the pain but made it far worse. Oh, and my pain was already off the charts. Oh, and none of my doctors could do anything about it and I was completely non-functional!

THANK GOD FOR MY ACUPUNCTURIST IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO THAT!

In any event, Marineland is not at the top of my list of places to want to go to either. I’ve seen their ads in the U.S. too. I guess when you’re charging what they do you can afford to advertise heavily on TV in more than one country! I’m sorry you paid all that money and waited so long in line for an “almost-touching-the beluga” picture.

Yes, Marineland was a LONG, LONG day for this chronically ill woman! I agree with you too that glossy commercials that make things look “perfect” as in a “fantasy world” are good marketing for the theme park but do not necessarily translate to “reality”. Yes, happiness comes from within… not from spending money at a theme park or anything like that. I love the happiest part of your day ending to that comment. πŸ™‚

Take care,

Jeanne

27 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.08.09 at 6:00 pm }

J,

Best of luck to you with everything! πŸ™‚

Jeanne

28 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.10.09 at 2:01 pm }

Okay so I need to do another happiness comment to assure that I might have the chance to win a book. I don’t win anything, so winning would be nice for a change! Any mistakes in the oncoming message is not my responsibility as my fingers have been awake and moving since 3am’ish.

Things that make me happy: rainbows, puppy dogs, kitty cats, newborn animals of any kind, newborns period, sunshine, light drizzle in a warm environment…

Books that make me smile:
Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
The Measure of a Man – Sidney Poitier
The Invitation, The Dance, The Call – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
The Peaceful Warrior Series – Dan Millman
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
Anything by the Dalai Lama

The thing that makes me smile most is the gratitude I receive from helping others.

Melissa
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..On the Topic of Strength, Courage and Super-Heroes =-.

29 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.11.09 at 2:03 pm }

Melissa,

Great list of things that make you happy. πŸ™‚

I have read a couple of the books you listed and they were excellent! I can only imagine how good the others are as I know you have good taste in books! I also saw the movie The Peaceful Warrior and it was really interesting. I have blogged about Dr. Pausch before and he was truly a remarkable man!

Melissa, you help so many people and it’s such a wonderful thing that you share your vast knowledge with others to help them get through some of the crises and/or symptoms that you’ve already experienced or are currently experiencing. I’m glad that people take the time to let you know that you helped them. Your knowledge and talent run deep and people are fortunate to have your support. Congratulations again on your online endometriosis support group, Goddesses_Of_Endometriosis, recently topping 1,000 members!! πŸ™‚

Jeanne

30 Melissa RalstonNo Gravatar { 07.13.09 at 4:10 am }

Jeanne,

If you liked Peaceful Warrior movie, you would love the books even more. The books go into so much more detail than the movie covers. Let’s just say that the end of the book is quite a nail-biter cliffhanger. The second in the series, which is called The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, takes you a bit deeper into the spiritual healing and shamans of the world. Book 3, The Journey of Socrates is about how Socrates ever got to be so cool. They also have come out with a “No Ordinary Moments” which takes the concepts of the warrior series and comes up with little activities designed with the purpose of bringing you closer to the “real you”. We all too common tend to put on the “false me” when we have to deal with people, especially those with a chronic illness who must hide just how much pain we are in.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a psychotherapist who actually lives close to me in Toronto. I was recommended to her first book “The Invitation” by a friend and it is a beautiful book. written a lot in prose. I’d like to share the website link as she has an excerpt from the book which I find to be very healing, her website is: http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com. J, I know you regularly don’t accept links in your blog comments and I’m grateful that you have said beforehand it would be okay to link to her works. Her excerpts from “The Invitation” and “The Dance” have been a strong reminder to me to focus on the positive, the can rather than the can’t. It’s amazing to say the least.

Thanks you for your comments about my support group and the success it has found. It really is a great group of ladies and I’m fortunate enough to have met most of them, however I’m saddened that it had to be this dreadful disease that brought us together in the first place :S

Okay, high-ho, high-ho it’s off to get ready for bloodwork we go.
.-= Melissa Ralston´s last blog ..On the Topic of Strength, Courage and Super-Heroes =-.

31 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.14.09 at 11:02 pm }

Melissa,

Sorry for the delay getting this posted. As you know, I have not been feeling well at all lately and I am having trouble keeping up with things. Today’s big accomplishment was averting a trip to the ER. So I am trying to at least get a few things accomplished tonight because I am so behind on everything.

I can only imagine how good the Peaceful Warrior series of books is after having seen the movie. Yes, it is very true that people tend to “put their masks on” in general but even more so when chronic illness is involved. Sadly, if we don’t hide our pain and other symptoms… we are at risk for being labeled “weak”, “lazy”, “difficult”, etc. It saddens me that this is the case but after decades of interacting with fellow chronically ill patients I know that many people feel this way… that the mask is a needed defense. (Don’t get me wrong… I know it’s better if people can get closer to the real person behind the mask).

I will have to check out this link. I remember you had mentioned it to me awhile back and I had forgotten about it until you just reminded me. I look forward to checking it out some more. Anything you’re so enthusiastic about is always interesting. πŸ™‚

Melissa, it really is awesome that your online endometriosis support group has topped 1,000 members. Sad as it is that so many women have endo, it’s wonderful that this group is available as a resource and I know you pour your heart and soul into it. You have helped a great many people!

Your sense of humor and positive attitude makes you a role model for others.

Jeanne

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