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Re: Thanks! new
      #228428 - 12/01/05 06:23 AM
Sara-Sage

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They do? ha ha, that's cute.

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Kate new
      #228431 - 12/01/05 06:37 AM
Bevvy

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Very interesting post, Kate.

I've always taken my looks for granted, but when I hit 55, it was a drastic change. Everything went south and my hair slowly but surely fell out. Now when I look in the mirror I'm always surprised at what I see. It gets worse over the years. I still feel the same as that gal who I seem to have lost somehow, but I sure don't look it.

When I was diagnosed with IBS, it hit me hard. I was so anxious I couldn't leave the confines of my home, not even to walk around the block. The weight gain was constant and added to the depression. It was not a pretty picture.

Now that I'm stable, I'm determined to do whatever it takes to get back to that young gal as much as I possibly can. A friend and I are joining Weight Watchers and taking up walking; I'm also getting back on the rowing machine. And I'm getting a Hair Hat; my fitting is tomorrow, and I should have it by February. It's expensive, a cost I would not normally spend on myself, but, like I said, I'm going to do whatever it takes to feel good about myself, as much as I possibly can.

Sometimes knowing that we have a good heart, we're kind and considerate, albeit a little blunt at times, is just not enough.

I don't know what "normal" is because I never was. I wanted it so badly, once I forced a tampon in me just so I could be like all the other girls. Man, that SUCKED! Maybe it's not so bad after all just being me.

Get the hypo-cat. Lets both put the crap behind us and get on with our lives.

Bevvy

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My dog will NOT fart without new
      #228433 - 12/01/05 07:20 AM
Snow for Sarala

Reged: 03/12/03
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looking around first and getting all embarassed! How weird is THAT???

She looks around. Gets this "It wasn't me" face, and looks away! LOL

She's a trip

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Dogs do that! new
      #228445 - 12/01/05 08:12 AM
atomic rose

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Loc: Maine (IBS-A stable since July '05!)

My mom's dog lets it rip, and then looks at his rear end with embarassment as if to say, why did this happen to me??

My cats, on the other hand, go for the SBD (Silent But Deadly) route, and look rather pleased with themselves when Adam and I react with disgust. LOL!

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Bevrs, definitely get a hat... new
      #228480 - 12/01/05 10:27 AM
Wind

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...and I'll get a cat (I've already got too many hats!). Hmmm...I should start wearing them just for fun.

It pisses me off royally, though, when OTHER WOMEN pity me for not being able to have kids (I'm not complaining as it's nature's form of birth control, in a bizarre way!). It's the unwanted pity--oh poor you. I just pooh-pooh in their faces.

Anyways, you're right. I quit University because of my IBS/anxiety disorder. I just couldn't juggle it all psychologically (this was pre-Heather's diet) and physically. I was following all the wrong advice. So, I quit and have been hiding in a big house with the woods behind me ever since. The alopecia thing was also a contributing factor. I guess I cower from alot of life. I never really go anywhere/do anything. I don't drive either (anxiety attacks), lately.

Weight Watcher's is easy though--just write it down and well...you can easily make the food safe enough. I think it's success is mostly from the group support and if you've got friends going with you...there's a social element. The secret is the logging/accountability factor.

Thanks for listening/advising & mostly SHARING. One day I'll have a photo of something lovable to whip out.

Kate.



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Re: Bevrs, definitely get a hat... new
      #228482 - 12/01/05 10:37 AM
Snow for Sarala

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I don't pitty either of you.

I think you are both WHOLE as you are.

Wonderful, beautiful, whole women.

And I love you both!

*hugs*

Ruch

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Re: Dogs do that! new
      #228484 - 12/01/05 10:44 AM
JonnaP

Reged: 11/03/05
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Our cats, regal beings that they are, do not fart. It's always the dogs. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Rufus though, that dog is about as unashamed of his gas as a dog can be. Sometimes his farts are about as loud as a human's. My husband heard a fart one day and gave me the shock and horror "Honey! Quit that" look. I told him it wasn't me, and pointed to the dog. And then the smell hit.

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Re: Hey, Kate! new
      #228485 - 12/01/05 10:47 AM
anlikerm

Reged: 09/16/05
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I don't do anything either......glad to know I'm not the only one.

I have really bad panic attacks on the road, so I will go about 10-15 days before I will go anywhere. The fridge has to be literllly EMPTY, before I will go to the grocery store.....

I can't even make it to my doctor's appt this week. I cancelled it. I can't leave the house right now without having a panic/anxiety/IBS attack.

What the hell is wrong with me???? I never used to be this bad until I got really sick last month.

Ya'll know of any good anti-anxiety (natural remedies) besides chamomile??? I can't make it to the doctor's to even get an anti-anxiety drug......that's bad!!


Michelle

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Re: Hey, Kate! new
      #228490 - 12/01/05 11:05 AM
Snow for Sarala

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You're not alone Michelle *hugs*

I too have a difficult time leaving the house.

SAM E is supposed to be good for anxiety, I think, I would ask at the HFS. I never tried it so I can't comment.

Rescue Remedy is good for anxiety (I was told it's not good for long-term anxiety but for "acute" anxiety).

Sorry I can't help more...but I can DEF RELATE!

Love and hugs,

Ruch

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Re: Ruchie is right! new
      #228492 - 12/01/05 11:16 AM
lalala

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You are all WHOLE women. I admire you for all you've contributed to the boards, how helpful you've been to so many of us, and how strong you are. Plus, you each have a wonderful sense of humor!



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