Pain Can Make You Or Break You

I'm sorry I have been away for so long, the physical pain I was dealing with was beyond what I could handle. I often thought that if this was the way my life was going to be, I couldn't see any good. I was negative, unhappy and I had lost hope. I had got to the point that even moving around my home was almost unbearable... the doctor gave me pills to deal with the pain but they only exhausted me and made me loopy... I was barely functioning and if it wasn't for my very good friend I may never have left the house. 

In that time period, Valentina had to go to the hospital and have her embedded teeth removed as well as her four wisdom teeth. She really handled it well, I am grateful it is over with and that she won't have to deal with that pain in the future. She is now taking great care of her teeth, which I am very happy about as I know more than most people how important it is to have nice and healthy teeth, it makes smiling so much easier. 
About two weeks ago I went back to see my doctor, I told her that I couldn't handle the pain as I was barely making it... I was thankful that I was able to work from home as that would have only brought more stress on me. Worrying about finances was not another trial I needed to deal with at that time. My doctor suggested a new prescription that may help with nerve pain... I started them immediately and within three days I was able to deal with the pain. It's still there but it no longer controls my every thought... now I have to work on getting back to walking and exercising.
 
I will definitely be taking it slow, I don't want to reinjure myself...  however; I really need to lose some weight to take the pressure off my back as I know that isn't helping me at all. Thankfully summer is almost here and it is quite light in the morning, I can take a quick walk around my neighborhood to get me started and my friend and I will be able to start swimming in the lakes in the evening very soon. We are both looking forward to that, it's a good way to exercise without putting more pain on our back and joints. 
I know it will take some time to get back on track to be healthy again but I have hope now, I feel like I can see that light at the end of the tunnel. I had nearly given up many times over the past year, I held on because I am tenacious, I don't give up. Some days were much harder than others but I found something deep inside to hold on until I found some relief to deal with it... I will never take it for granted, I am incredibly grateful that my doctor found something to help. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for all your comments, emails, and messages on all my social media. I didn't think I would be gone this long, I truly missed you and blogging a great deal... I just didn't want to write while I was so negative. I tried to write a couple of times but I felt like the pain blocked me from any good thoughts... that's not what I wanted on my blog all the time. Sure we all have ups and downs but I felt perpetually down. Life and trials are never easy to deal with, pain can make or break you... I am thankful it didn't break me...
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74 comments :

  1. Launna, it is so lovely to see your post. And it does my heart good to know that you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It can be such a long, dark and lonely road, and when we are able to see the light it gives us hope. Sending you much love and warm hugs. And just to let you know, I have been thinking about you, so I am happy to see your post.

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  2. So glad to read you have found some relief. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a healthy and fun summer ahead with friends and family. Great to read your update. All the best to your creativity and journey in this world.

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  3. Blessings.....
    Glad you feeling better not only in body but in spirit.

    take care.

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  4. Hi launna...i am happy to see you here on the blog...well great going girl...and dont worry you will be back on the track soon....just keep going on like that...
    keep in touch
    www.hairfashionbeautyblog.blogspot.in

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  5. I am so happy to see you are back ♡

    Sorry you had to go through that horrible rocky road. I hope now that all of it gets lifted so you can be back to yourself ♡

    Hopefully even start back doing exercises and walking.

    Again, so happy to have you back here !

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  6. I'm so sorry that you had to go through such a hard time. Hopefully the medication keeps working and you can get back on track with your walking. :-)

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  7. You know I'm thrilled to see you back, and suspected you were having a rough time. Having to work and live life with excruciating pain had to be horrible. I'm glad you have such a loving friend, and a doctor who could help. Wisdom teeth - arghhh! I know you both are glad that's over. Take it one day at a time, at your own pace. Missed you and Super HUGE Hugs...

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  8. Launna, I am so grateful that you found something to help with the pain. We have talked before and I know what it is like to deal with debilitating pain...and then to have the relief of having some of that pain lifted. I am sure you have a pretty high pain tolerance level and I know it has been stretched to the limit.

    I am on a path to lose weight and get healthier this summer, too. We can do it together! It starts to feel overwhelming when you don't feel well and then have the burden of extra weight on top of that...and then you eat because pain prevents you from doing anything else ... been there....it's a terrible circle that seems like it will never end.

    I am praying for you, Launna. You are strong and brave and beautiful inside and out and I KNOW you can do whatever you set your mind to doing. Love to you- Diana

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  9. I've missed you. I love the grasp at the top that say pain can change you but don't let it define you. That is powerful.

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  10. Hello Launna, so good to see your post.
    I have been thinking about you and wondering how things have been.

    Pain is never easy to deal with/live with and I am so pleased you have found a good Doctor and some relief from it.

    Pleased too that Valentina has had her teeth seen to and sorted.

    With Summer coming may you go forward with a renewed vigour and enjoy the coming months. You have kept so strong throughout all that life has thrown your way ... you have my admiration.

    I think you should take it one step at a time, and know that you have so many people who are thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and prayers.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  11. I'm sorry you've been dealing with so much pain. My heart goes out to you. I'm glad your doctor has found something that is helping. Sending healing thoughts your way.

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  12. Glad that you're strong in times of hardship and difficulty. My sincere prayers for your recovery and wish you be happy always!!! :)

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  13. Oh Launna, I'm so sorry you've been living with so much pain. I know that can be so debilitating. Hopefully the new meds and some light exercise will help. I was going to suggest swimming, and I'm glad you plan to start that. Take care of yourself!

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  14. Oh Launna, glad that you made it back. Nerve pain is just....well, so total and controlling your life. I´m so happy that it didnt break you! Don´t give up..I´m sure that you wont. :) You are a survivor! You know that? Slowly is so much more that nothing. When you loose a bit that pain..all is possible. Also, I´m here if you need! Love, Maarit xoxoxox

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  15. I'm thankful the pain didn't break you as well, it is such a terrible thing, being in pain constantly...it is good you were able (with the help of your doctor) to make it bearable. I'm happy to hear your daughter has recovered well from removing her wisdom teeth. I still haven't removed them, maybe some day I will, I only have two on my upper jaw so they're quite useless, I have to get them cleaned at the dentist regularly.

    Take care, don't overexercise, no need to risk another injury that would set you back. Swimming is a great exercise because it is so much safer than other forms of physical activity. I'm a big fan of swimming myself. I hope I'll manage to find a nice location and time to do it this summer.

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  16. I'm so glad you feeling better, I miss you darling!
    I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart!
    Love, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  17. Happy to see you after a long time. Health is wealth. So we need to be cautious about our health always. Sorry to hear about your issues. We should not leave our hope at any point of time. Our stamina and belief is the first medicine for us. Take care of your health:)

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  18. Thank you so much for your note. I do hope you have a wonderful summer. All the best to your writing. Thanks for reading my blog and your input too. Stay well! Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers, your way!

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  19. I'm so glad to hear from you on your blog! Sorry for all you've been through and Valentina as well. Swimming will be wonderful once you can get out there. My mom was visiting me last week and that's all she can do for exercise. So we went to the gym where she can go as my guest. I never go swimming on my own. She's excellent at it. But I'm always amazed the sore muscles I feel the next day of stuff that I didn't know I hadn't been using.

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  20. Hey Launna, I hope you're feeling better. Please take care of yourself.
    You're one of the strongest people I know. I hope you feel better.
    Writing could heal, maybe hearing from you will makes things bettter.

    xxx
    sending you all my love.

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  21. Launna,

    SO glad to hear you're getting back on track and keeping positive energy in your life!! I totally understand that not wanting to do anything feeling. Life can keep us down and the worrying and stress can be unbearable and it's so much easier to hide in bed. And it can be hard to pull yourself out. But you did! That's great! Sometimes we have to just keep on keeping on. So KEEP ON!

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    ALL THE AMBIENCE

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  22. You made it through a huge obstacle! I can only imagine what it may be like dealing with constant pain. I hope this new medication keeps the pain away and you are able to take dips in the lake real soon to get you back on track. Take care Launna.

    Much Love,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com

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  23. Launna, it seems like you have had a mountain of crap to deal with... Valya too... there just isn't anything good to say about chronic pain. If dropping some weight will help the pain, and your doctor approves, drop all sugar out of your diet ASAP, this includes all refined grains. It will make a huge difference. Of course I'm wishing you all the best and sending good vibes. Hugs xx

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  24. Launna! I'm so relieved and glad you're back! I was getting quite concerned, and checking your blog regularly for any updates. I'm happy that the new medication has given you relief from the pain, and suited you much better than the previous medication. It's great that you have positive plans to fit exercise into your routine. I find it always help to do a little more exercise each time, providing the movements are safe for you. That way you'll build up your strength gradually, and feel a sense of accomplishment each time you do an extra action or movement that you weren't able to before.

    Please keep us posted on your progress. Wishing you the very best of luck with your new routine!

    Lots of love Saba xx

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm glad to hear from you sweetie! Glad to know that you are managibg the pain much better niw with the new tablets, I guess you are taking Lyrica or equivalent... it must be horrible to have a chronic pain, having it all the time just makes anyone hopeless... I hope doctirs know the cause of your pain so they can treat it well xxx

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  26. Where there is hope there is a way. I'm happy you haven't given up on that. Progress no matter how small is still progress. I too took a short break from blogging. Hope all is well with you.
    www.effortlesslady.co

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  27. Hi my dear friend! I'm super happy to know that you're back! As I said before, I knew there was a serious reason why you weren't blogging, but I liked to know that whatever reason that was, you were taking the time to deal with it. I'm so sorry to hear about the pain you must've been feeling all this time. But know that you're feeling better I'm happy for you. They say "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and I definitely see that on you. With your health improving and the warmest days of the year around the corner, I know you'll feel like slowly starting to wake up from a bad dream.
    I'm wishing you all the best Launna, and that the pain starts disappearing soon. Welcome back to the blogging community <3

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  28. I'm glad it didn't break you, too, kiddo. Welcome back. I'm glad to hear you've got the pain under better control, now, because it sure beats being controlled by the pain. Hang in there.

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  29. I'm so excited to see you back Launna. You were missed a great deal. And I'm again so glad that the meds were switched up and the current one seems to be effective. I did a happy dance when I read that. Things seem to be looking up with Valentina as well. Totally awesome! The icing on the cake being your very supportive friend. We all need good friends like that in our lives. Great idea to take it slow, you'll be good as new in no time. That's my wish for you dear Launna!

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  30. Dear Launna, I'm happy you're better now. You are right to take it slowly. Once your back heals you'll be able to do all you want.

    Jasmine ♥♥♥

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  31. I am glad from the bottom of my heart dear Launna that you choose to stare the filled part of the glass!

    It is all about the way we look at the end of the day my friend no matter how hard "pain" tests our patience.
    You are such an inspiration!
    I am also thankful to your doctor who showd you the way and you were brave enough to make your way to light.
    I deeply Love the sense of hope and the passion for victory against pain,it inspires me to the large extent.
    I am sure that walking and swimming will help you to loose wait without bearing more pain.
    Stay strong and positive as you are my friend. I am proud of you

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  32. Hi Luanna,

    Sorry to hear that!! I hope you are feeling better. I haven't been commenting either. Have a great day!!!


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  33. My dear Launna.. sorry to know that u were in pain and still need to recover.. take good care and stay positive.. i hope u loose weight and feel fit again.. don't bother abt commenting on blogs when u don't feel ok... Take care and hope to see u write soon xoxo

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  34. Dear Launna, I could not imagine that the pain was so deep, so annoying. Can your improve your situation somehow, surgery or exercicse+diet for example?
    I stay besides you. Many kisses from Italy!
    Elena

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  35. You are strong! Welcome back Launna :)

    Have a lovely Day, kisses

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  36. I'm so happy to see that you're finding your way my dear!
    Believe me, I know that pain can really influence your life, but now you are stronger than ever.. you will be healthy again and I'm sure you will be happy than ever because these days are yours. And you can live your life the way you wish, keep fighting!
    Kisses
    xx

    https://thathappymess.com

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  37. Hi darling, enjoy the rest of the week!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  38. I'm glad your daughter's teeth got fixed. I'm also very happy that you have a way now to control your pain and just function!! I know on a very small scale how hard it is to just do normal things when something hurts, so I'm so very glad you found a way past that... Hurrah too for good friends!!

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  39. I am sooo soo sorry to hear of the terrible pain you've been in. Why? Where did it come from? Thankfully your doc gave you something that helps. Being in pain is the worse.
    Also your daughter is brave. Glad to hear her ordeal is over too and that she handled it well. Praying for you Launna.

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  40. I'm so sorry for what you've experienced, dear launna! It must have been horrible for you to deal with all that pain and sorrow...
    But I'm very happy to hear you so resolute to still trying to change for better your life! With this strong will you can definitely reach your goals!
    Anyway don't rush too much and dont be discouraged if things don't go quick and smooth, pain always means that your body or mind wants to say you're doing something wrong, or maybe that you're just overdoing, so take your time and go on!
    I'm very happy that Valentina's surgery gone well and that she did't suffer too much for it!
    Take care, sweetie!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  41. Launna! Eu também gosto de lencinhos pra remover a maquiagem. São práticos e normalmente não deixam a minha pele oleosa! ;)

    Não se preocupe não, viu?! Às vezes é necessário dar um tempo na vida virtual pra focar em outras coisas mais importantes! E a saúde vem sempre em primeiro lugar. Sei que logo você vai ficar 100% pra voltar a caminhar! Se cuide direitinho, ein?!

    Ótima sexta!

    Beijo! ^^

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  42. Lencinhos são maravilhosos amei a postagem,
    bom final de semana, obrigado pela visita.
    Blog: https://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

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  43. Sorry to read about your pain. Plenty food for thought here. Great post.

    Greetings from London.

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  44. You were missed while you were gone! So glad your doctor found something that is helping with the pain. Starting the day with a walk sounds like a good idea. I love swimming too- definitely kind to the joints. :) Hope your new plan goes as planned.

    Hugs and good luck!
    ~Jess

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  45. Hi Launna. Welcome back! I am sorry to hear you have been dealing with a lot of pain but glad that you have something that can ease it. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    Simera |Beautetude

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  46. I hear ya, the pain truly makes us appreciate and show us how strong we are to overcome such adversity, when it get excruciating and we overcome it and feel when its over. We are not broken!

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  47. Sending love and wishing you a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend Launna.

    http://www.fashionablyidu.com/

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  48. Hi Launna..happy to know u getting well now..be strong and sometimes takes time for rest your body and mind from everything..God bless you launna take care ;)

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  49. Hi Launna, it's really good to have you back and I'm so sorry you went through so much pain. I'm glad you're feeling better enough to be happier and blogging again. I hope you can stay strong! You deserve the best!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  50. Oh sweetheart the pain is so annoying. Oh I need be honest with you the pain is not something easy but I have hope that beter things come to you
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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  51. Oh my gosh Launna it has been such a long time and I was completely unaware of your struggles - I am so sorry to hear all of this but if anyone can beat this it is YOU!! You're an inspiration to so many x

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  52. Hey There Lovely Launna. Just checking in to see if your pain is getting better, and that you are ok. Continue to hang in there! Hugs...

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  53. Launna! Eu também gosto daquele desodorante da Suave. Esse produto tem qualidade e é um dos mais baratos aqui do Brasil! ;D

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

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  54. Launna....I am sorry that you're going through a lot of pain again but seems like you're slowly but surely getting better. You are a blessed woman to have a true friend who genuinely care for you. Whoever she/he is, treasure the person. xx

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  55. So happy to see you back but sorry to hear about the pain you went through. I really do hope you can start your swimming and all that you planned to help alleviate the pain. I'm complaining about my back pain lately but that's nothing compared to what you're feeling and you're going through it with grace. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Thank God for friends too, huh?

    Sending you love!

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  56. Lovely Greetings Launna, have a wonderful Day! kisses

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  57. Hang in there and hope all goes well in the end. Warm greetings.

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  58. Nothing takes it out of you quicker, eh? Since our car accident last April, both the hubby and I have had to take it a lot easier, especially him. We have to count the little victories and press forward with hope for a better future. I hope the exercise is going well and that your pain will minimize.

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  59. Hi Launna, I'm so sorry to hear about your nerve pain and I heard that is extremely painful, so I cannot imagine what you're going through. I hope everything gets better this summer and you have some nice weather in Canada. Poor Valentina having to get her wisdom teeth out too. That is not a fun surgery. You both deserve a lot of R&R this month. :)

    xoDale

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  60. Hi Launna,

    It's been a long time ago! I really missed reading your blogs! I hope that you are doing all right Launna? Remember to keep strong always! Wish you all the best!

    With love,
    Dascha

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  61. I'm so glad you're doing better! I've missed your posts and I hope you're getting even better day by day. Best wishes!

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  62. Dear Launna I wish you go on well. I admire your compromise to jump the phisical and emotional conflicts.
    Kss a lot dear
    =)
    New post in my Lifestyle Blog

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  63. Launna ♥ I am so sorry you are going through so much! I'm sending you good vibes and some sun rays from Florida! Hopefully pain will stay away from now on!
    I had my teeth taken care of not so long ago too, it's actually the worst - dealing with extractinos and stuff like that. Wishing Valentina a good recovery!
    Never lose hope! Someone, something is looking out for us always, and we need to be strong! ♥♥♥

    Lots of virtual hugs...
    Happy almost Friday!
    xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥
    THE KAWAII PLANET

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  64. How are you now Launna? Has anything improved?
    Kisses :)

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  65. Hello dear! I hope you are better. You will be healthy and you will see the light at the end of the tunnel :D
    xoxo

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  66. Hi Launna, this is my last time answering comments before deleting the blog, so I'm feeling rather down. Unfortunately too, my computer got a virus and has been a pain in the ass, so I don't think I'll be doing nothing much so soon.
    I think pain made me so much more sharp to the point people start to get hurt when they get close to me... I know there must be something good after going through all this pain, but I feel like I'm not there yet and I already can't handle it anymore.
    I feel ungrateful talking like this about pain with you though because you seem to be in such a greater deal dealing with yours. I really really hope you will be able to recover someday, it pains me to see you in so much pain.
    Let's keep up exercising and get health! Thank you for all the great comments in my blog while it last. xoxo
    http://www.thesecretshoot.com/

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  67. Hi Launna, I really hope you're ok! Just stopping by to wish you a happy Wednesday.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  68. Just checking in to see if the pain is continuing to improve and if you're hanging in there. HUGE Hugs...RO

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  69. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been in such pain. I hope and pray things are better for you now, my friend.

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  70. Hello dear Launna.
    Just want you to know that I'm thinking of you, and sending my good wishes ...
    Take Care and take your time

    Sincerely

    All the best Jan

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  71. I did not even realize that you are suffering so much. Right now, please don't worry about writing or visiting blogs. Take cadre of yourself first. Maintaining weight is important but if you are in pain please don't be hard on yourself. Hang in there. You are a wonderful person and have touched so many lives. A lot of people will be wishing that your pain goes away .
    Yay for Valentina for taking care of herself and her teeth.

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  72. Hi Dear Launna,
    So glad to hear that you are feeling better now and that you have grew stronger in all these years to kick your fears and sufferings away. My prayers and good wishes always for you.

    I can understand how at times we surrender all our strengths to our health issues/sufferings, but notg giving up is the best prescription.
    Life is never easy. Every day we must prepare ourselves to face a new challenge, and I try my best!

    So happy for Valentina that finally all that pain is over. My daughter is having her teeth extraction tomorrow. I am so very afraid of how she will bear the pain and everything else:(

    You just get better. Waiting to read more from you.

    Hugs,
    Epsita

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