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9/12/18 11:27 P

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Check into a home Tai Chi DVD/video/you tube. or library.... There are also a lot of good books out there now on audio addressing what they are learning about Mind/Body Meditation and its effects on our 'control of self'. As one practitioner put it, you might still have pain/limitations...but you don't need to "suffer" from the emotional/mental setbacks. Those are two different aspects to losing abilities....
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9/11/18 5:25 A

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I know that feeling well.

You just have to accept that sometimes there are times in our lives when there are limitations as to what we can do and what we cannot do. In this case, you need to do what is best for your health which is 'don't overdo it'

I was also a very physical and active person. Well, life came and bit me in the butt. I had to look at what I could do within the boundaries I have. In your case you need to be in close contact with your Dr and ensure that he/she knows everything that is going on. Also, be aware that you could end up suffering from depression re the grief of loss of your life as you KNEW it. Don't be afraid to talk with your Dr about this, too, and if need be seek the help of a Therapist who will be able to teach you some good coping skills. Your Dr will be able to refer you to one.

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9/10/18 9:46 P

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List five gratitudes every day.

If there are exercises that you can perform, perform them and keep track of where you are. Walk up and down the hallway with a walker, purchase a set of pedals (they make ones that you can use on the floor from the comfort of a stable chair or that can be placed on a table to work your upper body), do whatever is appropriate to you at this phase.

If anything physical is out of the question then open up your mind through your internet connection.

Also reach out to whatever local resources are available. In Orlando we have the Center for Independent Living and I presume that other larger cities have something similar. Depending on your exact situation you could look into resources for seniors, support groups through your local medical providers or religious options. Are there any opportunities to tutor students in your area? You don't have to run marathons to be able to contribute to the community where you live.

-google first. ask questions later.

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9/10/18 6:33 P

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Dear Donna,
Embrace what you can do with gratitude for time to meditate (highly recommend the more than 10,000 choices on ) It is a free app for phone and/or computer.
Do some yoga at whatever pace feels beneficial.
You have my empathy as I do know how challenging it is to shift perspective when what you have enjoyed is taken from your life.
I am wishing wellness for you.

"'Enough' is a feast. Buddhist proverb

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9/10/18 11:31 A

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You do the best you can on any given day.
Some days you will do more, some days you will do less.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
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9/10/18 6:47 A

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Well, is this setback permanent or temporary? If it's a temporary thing, then control the the things you can like your nutrition. If all you can do right know for activity is walk across the room, then that's what you can do for now. You need to allow yourself time to heal.

If it's permanent, you can still control your nutrition. As for the fitness piece, a referral to a physical therapist may be beneficial to help you figure out exercises you can do in spite of everything. A PT visit may be beneficial even for a temporary set back.

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9/10/18 5:32 A

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I was just sucker punched this past week. I have afib, have for a while now, but as of 7 days ago, afib took me down.
I would like to know how some of you stay motivated when you get sucker punched. I use to walk with my dog Buster up to 7 miles a day, now, I can barely walk across a room with out stopping to have to catch some air. I am not really angry but mad and determined to get on with my life. Its just I do not know how really.
So what does a 57 year old woman who has been dependent all her life do when her independence is pretty much gone?

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