Re: Newcomers, take heart!
Posted by Dayna on 1/29/99
THANK YOU for reminding us that some people do get better, and when they do they have no reason to seek out support for what they've no longer got. We tend to forget that sometimes, it's not all gloom and doom. Some of us can live with it, we get around pretty well. I even took a holiday to the UK last year, and walked a lot. I used a cane with a folding seat so when I was in a queue or in a museum, I could stop and sit rather than standing, move a little, stand some more. That's actually worse for me than constant motion. Yes, I took Daypro, yes, I hurt sometimes and used ice and massage each night to prepare for the next day, yes I'd do it again in an instant.
The PF can control what we can do, but we can control how we react to that, and be inventive in our accommodations. I felt dorky and ancient using a cane, but I felt dorky and ancient outside the USA, that's a trade off I was willing to make, and I had two men there to help if I just couldn't make it, they kept me from trying to macho my way through. We are like the marines, we adapt, and we will overcome!
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