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Picture Challenge: Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Uh-Oh! My most treasured item....

My first thought is my cell phone, I'd be lost without it, literally! LOL! Or a quick second is my i-pod. I listen to music every night to help relieve the pain from my injuries.... But those are very "important" things in my life as are my medications....

Right now my most treasured item is a card my mother sent me just a month before I fell. I have to tell you that while I was in the hospital, right after my fall, I was told I would be in a nursing home for a couple of years and then build up tp being in a power wheelchair. I would have extreme limitations. This was something my competitive spirit, my faith in the Lord, and my family did not take seriously. I worked my arse off and my family and medical team pushed hard. The result was I only spent 8 weeks in a nursing home and and 8 weeks at the Rehabilitation Institute Of Oregon. By the time I left I could cook, do a little gardening, dress and feed myself, and probably my proudest accomplishment was wheeling out in a manual chair. In the seven years since I have learned to take care of myself completely.

I tell you all this because since my fall I hear how proud people are of me often. My parents, daughter, and close friends tell me that nearly every time we see each other! And more compliments of this kind come in spurts from every other direction. It seems the world is "proud" of me and the way I have accepted my fate and also challenged its boundaries.

My husband have been my biggest love and supporter. There seems like nothing he wont do for me, but just prior to my fall, we were having a rough patch. Plus, our only child was going off to college and I was heart broken about her leaving... It just wasnt a great time for me.

It was during this emotion mess that a card arrived from my mother. She talks to me every day so a card is a unusual event. I dont remember how I felt about it at the time. It is pretty. I did save it. Months after my fall and house renovation, I came across it.

It is dated. It has the most soothing and special message.

I keep it in my grandmother's book case. Hidden amongst my other treasures...

Here is a closer look....

And a peak inside...

These words, written just a month BEFORE my fall mean so much to me because after all that my parents have done for me, this treasured item shows my parents love and gives me pride that I measured up in the 45 years I had available to me as an able person.

*And it is in my mom's hand writing.
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    I'm so happy that you found the card! What a wonderful reminder.
    You are an inspiration, though I know it has been a difficulty beyond what I can imagine.
    Many of us have been through some kind of 'trauma', though maybe not physical.
    You can read about my trauma in Hopeful Hearts, 'meet your leaders February 2014'.
    I read on a picture today these words:

    Be kind to all that you meet. We are all dealing with some kind of tragedy.

    I have to agree.
    I love it that you are so positive. maybe you can send some of it my way? emoticon

    1516 days ago
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