Going ahead with my day by leaving home at 8:40 this morning to pickup up two of my favorite people, BJ and Andrea, who I volunteer along with at the Wiarton VON SMART classes. We headed on over to the Plex at Saugeen Shores to attend a VON Workshop Refresher Course from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
I really think my thoughts on Leslie might have changed a bit once she became the "Task Master" of Cardio by putting us all through the motions ....
LOL...on a serious note, it was quite the work out as we all sweat it out for how long? OMG, I never timed it but it seemed like hours !!! This is a bit of what it was like for us HERE. Thanks Leslie, I would not hesitate to try out another Cardio Workout session with you again !
Just before lunch our SMART Guru, Dorothy, gathered us all together as she had a SMART Certification to award to a brand new SMARTIE, Sally.
Lunch was totally yummy, consisting of a Salad Bar, with an assortment of juices and teas for beverages. For dessert? An ice cream sandwich bar ! There went all my "will power" again, out the window in short order, but it was really good and I did do at least a
The afternoon we were having Dr. Kevin White, MD PhD speak to us on Fibromyalgia. I had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. White in person by telephone last November, so I was thrilled I would be meeting him in person. Dr. White even took the time while we were having lunch to go from table to table to personally introduce himself. Nice touch, Doc !
I believe the more people who are made aware of Fibromyalgia, better the understanding, more importantly beginning out there with the Medical World. Without people like Dr. White, myself, organizations, such as VON, and others speaking out, people will remain in further ignorance on the topic with Fibro suffers left feeling trapped within their own pain. These are solely my opinions on this topic and not quoted from anywhere or anyone else.
I was very passionate last November when I blogged "By Definition ~ The Silent Pain Behind The Smiles", followed by, "More Learning & A Bruce County Mini Adventure".
I am personally not only passionate, but very emotional as well, especially when it comes to being frustrated when trying to explain to people how you feel only to have them totally disregard what you are saying, or look at you like you possess two heads .... frustrating, depressing and leaving me feeling further inadequate with the turn my life took 4 years ago.
What benefits do I gain from feeling chronic pain on a daily basis? none whatever that has gained me wealth, riches, health and/or understanding and compassion but by a few. For those who do lend me compassion and understanding, I am truly grateful for this .... we are so quick to judge others when we have yet to walk in another shoes, are we not?
Most recently, I spent three of my days last week, with a few weeks prior, in bed or barely able to get myself from bed ... people might drop by with me finding myself apologizing for our home not being "just so", as at one time I used to have it "just so". It is a daily battle some days.
There is light within the tunnel by having a loving, understanding husband (most every day by my side), close family members and friends who do support me, regardless of my surroundings, and the knowledge within of knowing I am not alone in this State of Chronic Pain, with people like Dr. White "putting it out there" for all the World to see.
"Speaking Out & Wanting To Be Heard" ! A HUGE thank you to all those people.
What am I going to do the rest of my evening, now this day is almost at an end?
Oh man, how could I ever forget all the loving I get from all four of our "Checkerboard Aussies"; I am so dang, dang, triple dang tired I almost forgot them. Speaking of which I best be finishing up here soon so they can get out for their last jaunt of the day before I myself call it a day here, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".