Working Through or with our Physical Barriers

Annie Kate
Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

@LaurieLovesLearning wrote: "I have found encouragement from seeing others here working through or with their physical barriers. I have quite a few, and what I want to do isn't always what I can do. Youth & ability is fleeting and life never seems to slow down."

As a person with the barriers of fatigue and exercise intolerance, I have found it very helpful to notice that more of us here have physical barriers and that we're all working at coping instead of complaining. I know these forums were not meant to be a support group, but they do function as that, and they are a happy place to find answers to specific questions about how to live a full life and contribute despite limitations.


  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,375 admin

    @Annie Kate You are so right, TGN's forum also functions as a support group.

    We need each other to both grow in knowledge & resilience. The knowledge that we aren't alone & how to possibly "treat" ailments & barriers if possible & the encouragement to keep learning and doing are all very important.

    We don't have to be perfect in the way we do things or even our results. We should keep learning & sharing our knowledge with others. If we don't, who will?

    As one, we can make a difference. As many, we are as a thread that isn't easily broken (borrowing this concept). Together, we are a force that can, & I believe will make a difference.

  • brownjoelle
    brownjoelle Posts: 23 ✭✭✭

    Fatigue used to be so common for me. I was exhaustedby the time work was over and would drift off on my drive home. It became too common, so I got checked out. I found out I had a deficiency in Vitamin D. When I first started taking the supplements, it got worse, but then as my levels rose, I started getting more energy. Funny how one can be deficient in that, living here in FL. Hugs to you.

  • ltwickey
    ltwickey Posts: 369 ✭✭✭

    There is not one single person on this planet that doesn't have some burden/barrier. We all have something we have to work through or learn to deal with. I had very low self-esteem for most of my life, when I joined the Navy as an Officer, I was told by a mentor to "fake it until you make it." I had no idea how to do that!!!

    Well, 20 years later, I think I have it figured out...!! Actually, it took me about 5 years of telling myself repeatedly I was good at my job and I was talented. Maybe aging helped me a little too.

    I guess my point is we all have something and we all need help from someone else at some point in our lives. I don't think we are meant to do this thing called life alone.

    Thank you all for your assistance and help through my life journey!!

  • Karin
    Karin Posts: 272 ✭✭✭

    It dooes seem funny to be deficient in Vit D in a sunny part of the world, but I guess maybe you weren't getting out in the sun enough to produce vitamin D? I know, with working and spending time in the car travelling to and from, it can be hard to remember to get out every day! Glad a supplement worked for you :)

  • Annie Kate
    Annie Kate Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭

    I love, that @ltwickey , to fake it til you make it. It's good advice in many cases. Yay you that you made it work!

    And, yes, we do all have something. It's good to be reminded of that.