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Why are you thankful for the asthma forums?

With Thanksgiving coming up, I know a lot of people post one thing each day that they're thankful for.  On that note, I'd like to hear why you're thankful for our forums.  I know many of you have mentioned various reasons in other posts, but I thought it would be great to have a positive post going. 

Why are you thankful for the asthma forums?

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  • K8sMom2002

    I am thankful because I've "met" great new people who I have lots of things in common with besides asthma. There's @GigiGibson, who's a southern gal like me, and @Nemo88 who has an interest in helping people and medical stuff like me, there's @Kathy P, who likes to cook (and now I do, too!), and @Mandy who appreciates a good bowl of soup on a cold day, and @Shea, who likes to take her little guy out for science-y field trips like I do with my DD, and @Gloria, who likes to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors (on a bike — but I have to do that on my own two feet! ), and @Emilee R Ashline, who loves kitties like I do and somehow has made it work with her asthma and allergies. There's @jujutsumaster and @Rfinchertaylor who both share the most amazing photos — and I love photography! And @glyncor loves to sing — I do, too, though my DH doesn't.

    And last but not least — there's you, Jen … you are a great friend, who shows me that I can certainly juggle everything with just ONE kiddo, when you're so busy with 3!

    If I missed any of our regulars, my apologies! If you're lurking, and I haven't met you — I'll bet you and I share something besides asthma in common, too!

  • GigiGibson

    I am thankful for the forums because I learn so much. I learn about this disease and how to track, manage, cope and conquer. I have a safe place to vent, a soft place to land and the best panel of which to garner advice. 

    Because of you all I feel accepted and understood and empowered. Thank you for letting me be a part. 

  • Gloria

    I am thankful for the great information that I have received here. Also for the wonderful people. I also enjoyed the photos of the pets, especially the cute lizards!

  • Rfinchertaylor

    I'm thankful for the support and encouragement in the forum.  We rally around each other, boost each other up and let each other know, we are not alone.

  • K8sMom2002

    Gloria, you're right! Shea's lizards ARE cute!

    And yes, Renee — I like that we boost each other up, as well! 

  • jujutsumaster

    I think this forum is brilliant. Such a wealth of information to draw upon. A problem shared …….we realise that we are not alone.

    K8SMOM2002 here's a photo of my beautiful Gibson Les Paul guitar. If I want to sooth down my blood pressure and calm my breathing, I pick this up and practice this weeks homework from my guitar tutor. This week we started "I've still got the blues" – Gary Moore.

  • glyncor

    I am thankful that, for this disease that I thought was simple before I had it, there is someplace to talk about all the issues involved – issues I had no idea existed for asthmatics, "triggers" I had no idea could be affecting me, etc.  I am very thankful there are people out there who will share their experiences, when getting information from doctors seems almost impossible to obtain.  Sometimes I think doctors just expect a person to know what to do after they are given a diagnoses. The word "trigger" was never mentioned in my doctor visits until I finally brought it up.  So, THANK YOU to all who help "newbies" survive our newly diagnosed conditions.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  • K8sMom2002

    Nigel, what a great idea! And hopefully as you strum away, you'll see that blood pressure and breathing rate come down!

  • K8sMom2002

    Gosh, yes, Glyncor! So many things I've learned to ask about — I think doctors get so swamped with the volume of patients that they see that sometimes they THINK they've covered something when they haven't. I've mentioned something I've learned on this forum, only to have my doctor brighten and then frown and say, "You mean we haven't talked about that? My apologies!"

  • jujutsumaster

    Oh yes it does. I guess playing (trying to play) music switches all other thoughts and anxieties to the off position.

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, music does soothe the savage beast, after all! And new hobbies and challenges can help give you focus on something besides the negatives in life, I'd think. Plus, for me, when I can see improvement in one area of my life, it sort of spills over into other areas. I feel like, "Well, I was able to do X, so maybe I can tackle Y."

  • K8sMom2002

    I think that's another reason I'm thankful for this group — we are all different enough that we can bring new experiences to the table and, whether it's life in general or managing asthma in particular, I can draw on all of the diverse experiences and advice I get here. Thank you!!

  • Jen

    And last but not least — there's you, Jen … you are a great friend, who shows me that I can certainly juggle everything with just ONE kiddo, when you're so busy with 3!

    Oooooh…I get to ditch one?  

  • Shea

    Lol, does that mean you have 4 kids Jen? I do not know how you do it! One keeps me on my toes that is for sure….Tommy lost a baby snake in our living room this morning… I will tell ya, he knows how to motivate me to clean no matter how tired I am feeling. I found it though! (His science teacher in our homeschool co-op was giving baby garter snakes away this past week after his pet mama snake gave birth.) 

    I am glad you guys like the lizards. We still play with them every day, and learn more and more about them and their cute personalities. 

    Haha, and that is the same here.. I love just learning everyone's beautiful personalities, and I am thankful that people share themselves, and their lives, good days and bad days both. I am telling you, I love hearing people vent! It is a relief that I am not the only one who gets flustered, frustrated, or outraged. I also love the support and positivity, and practical advice.

    I am thankful that this forum is outside of the market, it is unbiased, and no one here is trying to sell me on anything, or promote anything, or charge me hourly. No one is over-stressing themselves to participate, and no one considers themselves more of an expert than me. These days, that is not easy to find. We really have something special here, and I am very thankful for you all and for the forum. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kathy P

    Eek on the snake getting loose! Glad you found it.That is a great point about hearing people vent – it reminds us that we are not alone in this journey. We all have slightly different paths, but sharing and supporting is invaluable.

  • K8sMom2002
    Jen posted:

    And last but not least — there's you, Jen … you are a great friend, who shows me that I can certainly juggle everything with just ONE kiddo, when you're so busy with 3!

    Oooooh…I get to ditch one?  

    Yes, pardon my bad counting/bad typing …

    Shea posted:

    Tommy lost a baby snake in our living room this morning… I will tell ya, he knows how to motivate me to clean no matter how tired I am feeling. I found it though! (His science teacher in our homeschool co-op was giving baby garter snakes away this past week after his pet mama snake gave birth.) 

    Lizards are one thing, but snakes are something entirely different — glad you found it!

  • Jen

    Shea – It's crazy for sure.  Having a place like this to have some "adult" conversation helps.

  • Melanie Carver

    @jujutsumaster, I'd love to see a video or hear an audio clip of you playing that guitar! If you're up to sharing, add it to our #TackleAsthma album.

  • jujutsumaster

    Oh that's a big ask at the moment. My tutor has me learning a difficult lead lick at the moment.

    If I can master it I might consider posting it. 

  • K8sMom2002

    I can't wait to hear it!

    Ditto for anyone else who can share a bit of their favorite hobby or activity — let's be thankful for all the things we CAN do!

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, my WORD, Renee! That is gorgeous! I thought that was a photograph of a bee, it was so real! And I love your kitty-cat!

  • Kathy P

    That's a nice looking guitar. I taught myself to play (chords and strumming) on an old Gibson guitar my dad had bought off a guy he worked with. He'd bought it for my sister to take lessons and she abandoned It in the corner of our room when she got married.My dad got new strings for me when I wanted to learn to play it. It was kind of old, but sounded great. Years later, one of the tuning pegs broke. My parents live not far from the Gibson factory, so they took it up there to get it repaired. Well, it turns out that I was in the possession of a 1956 era Gibson LG-1 that was worth far more than the $25 my dad had originally paid for it.I've played many other guitars, but none play the same as my Gibson. I haven't played in years and really should dust it off.

  • Kathy P

    Those are fantastic drawings! I went to art school for several years, but never mastered life like things LOL

  • Rfinchertaylor
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Oh, my WORD, Renee! That is gorgeous! I thought that was a photograph of a bee, it was so real! And I love your kitty-cat!

    Thanks!

  • Rfinchertaylor
    GigiGibson posted:

    I'm thankful I have so many hobbies as well. You never get bored when you love to create!

    Great talent Gigi!

  • Rfinchertaylor
    Kathy P posted:
    Those are fantastic drawings! I went to art school for several years, but never mastered life like things LOL

    Thanks!

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, your work is marvelous! Gosh, we DO have a creative bunch around here! (Well, except for me … but I'll put my thinking cap on and try to figure out what I can share!)

  • glyncor

    I am a "Quilter" and besides many years as a quilting instructor, I am now leading a group at our church in making Quilts Of Valor (QOV) for Veterans.  I also do the longarm quilting for each QOV.  Here is a picture of the QOV I made for my husband. (That's his foot at the bottom, and hand at the top, as he held it up for me to take a picture of it.) 

  • K8sMom2002

    That is BEAUTIFUL, Glyncor! I've wanted to quilt for a long time, but I don't have the space to do it. My mom and my grandmother quilted, and I loved the way they could take scraps of cloth and turn it into art … not to make light of their work, but yours is even better than theirs!

  • glyncor
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    That is BEAUTIFUL, Glyncor! I've wanted to quilt for a long time, but I don't have the space to do it. My mom and my grandmother quilted, and I loved the way they could take scraps of cloth and turn it into art … not to make light of their work, but yours is even better than theirs!

    Thank you.   There are all kinds of quilting methods, types, kinds, sizes, etc., etc. and I always tell people that if they try one kind of quilting and don't care for it or don't enjoy the experience, don't give up.  So, for your limited space – you might consider miniature quilts, art quilts, hand piecing one block at a time, paper foundation piecing one block at a time, etc.  There are just so many aspects, so many directions one can go with quilting.  Go into a quilt shop and tell them your space is limited, but that you would like to learn to make small things, or things that are small enough to take up small areas.  You might find a worthy craft for your creative juices.

    I had a friend who was just overwhelmed trying to make a large quilt with lots of small pieces.  She would actually hyperventilate.  She really wanted to quilt, but this was not working for her.  So, I talked her into doing paper foundation piecing that involved making one block at a time, sewing on paper.  She was able to use all the small pieces she had to piece these foundation patterns – one at a time.  By condensing everything down to just the one block at a time, suddenly all the pressure was gone, and she was happy as peaches. Her husband whispered to me "thank you, thank you for calming everything down for my wife."  It was just one of those many rewarding experiences I have had with teaching people to quilt. 

     

  • Shea

    Wow, you guys are amazing!!! I love the bee picture, so amazingly detailed but better than a photograph (so much more comes out in a drawing, and I do not even know why, but it must be something about artists emotion and perspective that comes into the art.)  

    Gigi, wooow, what beautiful paintings (and pumpkin!) I just love them, you are so talented! So much life comes out of them

    The quilt is just lovely! I love practical art! And that is great you were able to help advise a friend, I completely understand her stress, and breaking things down into maneagable pieces that you can combine into a completed work of art is great philosophical advise and practical to the art!

    I would love to hear some guitar music I am sure you will master it!

    And I am totally with K8Smom, what art can I do? Nothing with the levels of expertise I have seen so far that I can think of. But, teaching my 5 year old son, and working with him, I have found one of our favorite things to do is create fictional stories, make nature/ scientific-based drawings and maps, make vision boards abd collages, and make little videos of adventures. I combine a lot our work into scrap book/ adventure journals each year. It is not any type of art to sell, but its fun, and we enjoy looking through the old ones.

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Glyncor, that's a fabulous idea! I remember my mom quilting a sofa throw pillow — I could definitely do that! (And my sofa is in need of some beautiful pillows — perfect timing.) It sounds like you are a natural teacher!

    Shea, it sounds like YOUR gift is teaching, too … I love all things science and history, and my mom's love of those two subjects are why. She did many of the same things with me and my sister that you are doing with your son. It really inspired me, and I know it's inspiring your son. The one important thing about hobbies and pursuits is that they need to be shared and passed down from generation to generation — and it definitely sounds as though you are doing that! I'll bet those videos are great! 

    Who knows — you might even be able to sell them on teacher resource sites. My sister, who is an elementary school teacher, has talked about her co-workers using things off a site called Teachers Pay Teachers … not sure about the link or the terms of service for that site or sites like that, but it might be something to look into. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Looking back over this … gosh, the conversation is great, and how we have wandered from our first thoughts! Maybe we should start a "show-and-tell" thread so that we can keep sharing these sorts of things!

  • Jen

    Beautiful creations! And I totally agree with Cynthia.  A show and tell thread is a great idea.

  • Rfinchertaylor
    glyncor posted:

    I am a "Quilter" and besides many years as a quilting instructor, I am now leading a group at our church in making Quilts Of Valor (QOV) for Veterans.  I also do the longarm quilting for each QOV.  Here is a picture of the QOV I made for my husband. (That's his foot at the bottom, and hand at the top, as he held it up for me to take a picture of it.) 

    This is beautiful.

  • Kathy P

    That is a gorgeous quilt!

    Today, I'm thankful for all the support on these forums! I know I can ask questions and see what kind of experiences others have.