A thread for being grateful for things :)


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    This is the opposite of the vent thread (because there must be balance in the universe πŸ™‚ ) - this thread is for talking about the nice things that happen, or the things we might appreciate with ME/CFS that perhaps we wouldn't have appreciated as well before. From a different perspective, to being grateful for being able to do things once a week with effort that most people take for granted, or for a random act of kindness, that kind of thing πŸ™‚

    I'll start off with saying I'm hugely grateful for technology. It's hard to imagine in this day and age how isolating this illness would have been to someone in the 1950s or 1960s, or 1850s or 1860s. The internet, in particular, πŸ’» but just things like reliable and fairly speedy mail services are wonderful. Mobile phones and being able to text rather than talk (I find talking very tiring, but texts I can do more slowly, both in terms of processing the information coming in, and responding) and that kind of thing πŸ“±



  • Thank you for creating these threads @Daffy_Dave - great idea. I totally agree about the Internet and technology - I'm so grateful for all the opportunities for connection and support that it makes accessible to me, and many others with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

    Today my "positivity" share is the growing realisation that the new supplements I'm taking are making a much more significant difference to my functioning than I ever would have thought possible. I almost don't feel like the same person as I did a few weeks ago - it's wild. It's also bittersweet because there is still so much uncertainty and it's making my imposter syndrome real bad - but at the same time, it's validation and in some ways proof that I have real mitochondrial damage and that compensating for that might actually give my body a chance at healing. I'm in uncharted waters... But land is in sight 😌


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    @river That's sensational news River 😎 Fingers and toes crossed that they've got some more improvement to give to you yet πŸ™‚



  • I think that's fantastic news @river. Any little thing that helps is a win. Keep us posted.



  • I am grateful for technology too...I was severe back in the 90s, when the internet was only in its infancy and forums like this were unimaginable. At least I was able to read books back then. Today, I'm totally reliant on streaming services and the internet to keep me occupied during the day since reading is not possible.

    And I'm grateful for meal delivery services...makes life so much easier!



  • @river Lovely news ... any improvement is fantastic ... very happy to hear it...πŸ€“



  • @river said in A thread for being grateful for things πŸ™‚:

    Thank you for creating these threads @Daffy_Dave - great idea. I totally agree about the Internet and technology - I'm so grateful for all the opportunities for connection and support that it makes accessible to me, and many others with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

    Today my "positivity" share is the growing realisation that the new supplements I'm taking are making a much more significant difference to my functioning than I ever would have thought possible. I almost don't feel like the same person as I did a few weeks ago - it's wild. It's also bittersweet because there is still so much uncertainty and it's making my imposter syndrome real bad - but at the same time, it's validation and in some ways proof that I have real mitochondrial damage and that compensating for that might actually give my body a chance at healing. I'm in uncharted waters... But land is in sight 😌

    Great news that you are noticing an improvement!πŸ‘ I am excited and hoping that you will continue to see improvements..... and eventually reach the land! ☺️



  • I'm really grateful for these forums. It's refreshing to be able to speak openly and on an independent platform. Thank you Emerge and mod/s.



  • I'm so grateful for a sunny Autumn morning. I have been sitting in the sun with a cup of chai and a good book.



  • @Daffy_Dave Thanks for starting this thread.

    I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s comments.

    I was grateful to make it out to my lounger chair to lay in the sun for a few minutes with a coffee.

    I enjoyed every minute 😊



  • I was thinking about how grateful I am for my fridge (a new one with a bigger freezer) and that it is well stacked so I only need to do a small shop this week.
    But that gratefulness has been overtaken by how glad I am that I had just enough milk and coffee left to make a proper pot this morning. Whew!
    AND that I am still so grateful that, after years of worrying that coffee was bad for my ME/CFS I worked out that it wasn't. Woot!
    Lots of gratefulness this morning.



  • @Daffy_Dave love this idea! Having the internet is definitely a massive help, couldn’t imagine how much more isolating and difficult it would be without it.

    I am grateful for supportive parents, especially my mum who is wonderful and who I would be lost without. Being so sensitive to noise also makes me very thankful for having decent headphones ☺️



  • @river wow, that’s wonderful 😊



  • @Dot Agree, and I haven’t given up coffee even though I’m told it is bad for me β˜•οΈ



  • @Looch Ha, I only believe the research that shows the benefits of drinking coffee πŸ˜‰
    I love it so much! (About to make a pot)



  • @Dot I love my fridge too. I would love more freezer space! lucky you!



  • Thanks @coco It is a lot bigger than my last freezer space (three drawers!). They can fill up quickly but that is my trigger to eat the freezer out before I forget what everything is πŸ˜„ πŸ˜„ πŸ˜„


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