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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Patricia on November 22, 2017 at 12:01am

No, falling asleep at inopportune times just does not happen. Somewhere between 3 a.m. & 9 a.m. is where I get my 3 to 5 hours, & that's it.

I am a night person, & have been all my life, so trying to go to bed earlier is useless, & a guarantee that I won't sleep at all. I go to bed at 1:30 a.m., & read until I feel I can sleep.

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 11:56pm

Yes, genealogy in my history was/is a big thing, but I'm still glad to be x-moron.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:54pm

Patricia, I am very sorry to learn of your sleep deprivation. That must be very debilitating. Do you ever find yourself falling asleep while you do something risky, i.e., ride your scooter to town? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:50pm

Yes! Accessing the Mormon database can be very expensive if you are not Mormon.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 11:47pm

Chris, you are talking about the old "nature vs. nurture" dispute. 

"Do inherited traits or life experiences play a greater role in shaping your personality? The nature versus nurture debate is one of the oldest issues in psychology. The debate centers on the relative contributions of genetic inheritance and environmental factors to human development."

What Is Nature vs. Nurture?

About "Ancestry," it is owned and managed by the Mormon church because of their belief that they have to find their ancestors to bring them into the Mormon fold. 

The Mormon Church Is Building a Family Tree of the Entire Human Race.

I went to the Family Library in Salt Lake City to work on my family history, hoping to find presidents, kings, great leaders and found ordinary people plus a bank robber, a horse thief, and a murderer. I stayed in a lovely facility, ate at a nourishing cafeteria, and had outstanding help when I ran into difficulties in my search. I visited with two women from Kenya dressed in their beautiful attire; they shared their experiences as Kenyan women and their conversion to Mormonism.

The beautiful facilities and the peaceful walk from building to building evoked feelings of calm in me.

I discovered the Mormon church sanctified my grandfather Denoo!  WHAT! He would be outraged if he knew!

Well, anyway, the church makes a big deal on family history, and I know of no other place equal to their database.

 

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 11:03pm

Yes, Joan, Femara affected my fibromyalgia in a big way, & nearly destroyed my ability to sleep, which still affects me to this day. That's why I am sleep deprived & began sleep music on sleep phones to wear in bed.  Napping is not possible....it just doesn't happen. The sleep music increased my 1 to 3 hour nights, to 3 to 5 hours, & that's a good thing.

Comment by Chris on November 21, 2017 at 11:03pm

Those who suffer with ongoing medical problems may not have PTSD, but have (ongoing) Stress Disorder.  Is there a medical term for that?  I asked my doctor to check my cortisol during an annual blood test.  The doctor looked at me as though I was goofy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 10:58pm

Patricia, you wrote, "When I had my cancer, my emotions shut down during the whole time." Some call that depression or flat affect. 

Did you have any side effects from Femara? 

I remember that you were one of the first to encourage me when I revealed I had cancer. Your words helped me a great deal. Thanks, dear friend!

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2017 at 10:40pm

When I had my cancer, my emotions shut down during the whole time, so I didn't feel much of anything other than doing as told & getting through treatments. After it was done & I began the 5 years of Femara, I began to make jokes about it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2017 at 10:33pm

Cancer Survivors Can Develop PTSD, Too

"Counseling and support are key. For example, the study found that breast cancer patients were 3.7 times less likely to have PTSD six months after diagnosis than patients with other types of cancers. This may be because the breast cancer patients received support and counseling in the first year after cancer diagnosis."

At the very first of my treatments, I realized I was in a depression and sinking fast; I called Cancer Care Northwest; they made an appointment for me with their counselor who had years of experience with cancer patients and a great deal of training. Within the first hour, I felt the depression lifting, and I had no more problems; until Cary died. I used the techniques I learned when I was first treated for cancer and they worked for me again.

While in treatment I met a man known as "Doc" He suffered from cancer and treatments but carried himself with dignity. He was cheerful, full of ideas for projects upon which he planned to work. He was a retired college professor, had written a book, a historical story of early Idaho. His enthusiasm infected me. 

He died a year and a half ago, and I remember his wisdom, courage, stamina, and friendship fondly.  He was part of my support system. I had support from my family, the medical team at Cancer Care, my women's group, and my neighbors. I called them My Team.  

 

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