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Blogging to Help

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I blog for me. Of course, it is great when others appreciate my efforts, but really it helps me so much to savor and enjoy the positives and work through the challenges. The support and input I get from SparkFriends has helped me over and over.

My last blog, The Final Winner, saved my day!! I had had a bad morning. I tried to get an MRI but just freaked out and was terribly embarrassed. I will go back Monday after taking a pill. That should work. But blogging was just what I needed. I was able to tell the positive story again of my nephew, who I'm very proud of, and know that I have been a factor in his success. And then I got to tell the amazing story of David. He says he would not have started running without my encouragement to join the run-walk-run group. That all three of us (plus niece Ally) finished the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon on Saturday is a big victory. Focusing on that victory helps me balance out something I don't feel so good about. And now there are 20 supportive comments on that blog now, too. Thanks, everyone.
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    all the best
    1796 days ago
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    1796 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head! If I don't blog, somehow I miss out. And you have such wonderful stories to tell! Thanks for sharing them with us.
    1797 days ago
    I always battle between the need to put it out there for me, and my insane introverted need to be private. Thanks for this blog. Maybe this will encourage me to tell the other side of my marathon story. emoticon
    1797 days ago
    They have open sided MRI machines. I think I'd have a hard time in a small tunnel, but being able to have my head turned to the side to see the room beyond was not frightening.

    Monday will be a better experience. No one expects you to be perfect at something you've never experienced before!
    1798 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So sorry you had such a scary experience with the MRI, just the noise that thing makes when you pass the area is freaky. I will never have one because of my metal parts, but a bone scan does something similar, I closed my eyes so I wouldn't see it spinning around me and get sick. I hope the medicine works. If it puts you to sleep that is a blessing, but enough, do what you can to send your mind elsewhere, like you all time favorite happy place..
    Will be thinking of you,
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    1798 days ago
    Aww, sorry about the MRI. Don't feel bad, those things are scary.


    You are a phenomenal and inspirational person. It is clearly a gift.

    Take care!
    1798 days ago
    I love reading your blogs. To me it is like a journal writing things down and seeing the positive. And of coarse you have all of us that love to give you Positive Karma and support.
    Monday will be a better day for your MRI.


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    1798 days ago
    I was kind of freaked out when I had an MRI and it was only my foot. I couldn't imagine having to go all the way in.
    1798 days ago
    You know I've worked the 12 steps of OA in dealing with many of my issues with food. Part of how we share is by speaking from our own experience, strength and hope. We don't know whose higher power is using our words to speak to THEM, or when someone else is speaking words straight from our own higher power.

    I think of blogging here on Spark as a little like those shares at a 12 step meeting. We share because we are moved to speak, it's what we need to say... it's for us... but a greater power than us takes up our words and uses them to benefit others!

    You are a shining star, Marsha. As a dento-phobe who had to take gas to get past my anxiety facing planing and root scaling and was in tears (of relief) after? Totally get freaking out in a medical environment. Been there, done that. But thankfully you have professionals who will help you through it. You are not alone.

    emoticon and I'll be thinking about you on Monday!
    1798 days ago
    I can recall one MRI experience that really freaked me out too -- part of my breast cancer treatment -- and I was just lying there with tears running down my face so embarrassed.

    Oh well oh well.

    It's great that when you blog "for you" you help so many other people, and inspire us too!! And we can see how your example inspires everybody around you in "real life" as well!!

    You are awesome, Marsha: no question about it!!
    1798 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Oh my sorry about the MRI. My DH cannot handle the closed one so I always request an open MRI when scheduling his and that seems to work ok. Do you have that option? Just a thought.
    Isn't it amazing how none of us can change a thing but just "chat-blogging" can make one feel better. Nothing different but just getting it out lifts a burden and getting positive feedback lifts a bit more.
    Have a Terrific Thursday.
    1798 days ago
    Sometimes blogging helps in remarkable, unexpected ways.
    The pill will help with the MRI. Good luck.
    Hoping to hear a good report.
    1798 days ago
    Congrats to the 3 of you, I am very jealous.',,,',,,,,,,,sorry about the Mri

    Ps I had to have an I've today. Colonoscopy,,,,,ugh,,,,,anyways, they had to poke my arm 4 times!!!!!!!! I started crying so don't feel bad!
    1798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/12/2014 4:20:55 PM
    Oh my goodness do not worry about the MRI incident!!! the first MRI I got was here in Mexico and the machine broke while I was in a closed...MRI machine. I kept my eyes closed and talked myself out of freaking out but they seemed to have forgotten me. I totally freaked out and started yelling. When they finally got me out I had been in there for almost an hour. The language barrier didn't help. So now when I get an MRI I won't do so without and "open" machine which they have here. So take that pill so you can relax and not have it freak you out. You also might request and "open" mri which they should have available to you.

    Good luck with that.
    1798 days ago
    Marsha, I had a coughing fit when I had an MRI and needed to stop TWICE and sip some water, then........embarrassment of embarrassments , I had to stop a third time for a pee! emoticon

    Trust me.........they've seen it all. You'll be fine next time emoticon
    I wore a headset and had music for my second one- try it- if your team will allow it. emoticon
    1798 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Marsha, don't feel bad, it is a common reaction to MRI. I had one once but they asked me beforehand if I am claustrophobic and I am terribly! They gave me a Valium to take a half hour before and though I could still tell it...I got through the MRI. emoticon but don't feel bad about freaking out!

    I'm so glad to see this blog...I just came to your page earlier to see if I had missed a blog again and was glad to see I hadn't. I miss when you don't blog!

    Remember, take that pill and you will do fine!

    1798 days ago
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