Hi All ,
Before going to Quest for Life Retreat i was just living each day the same way over and over again and doing the same things like i was a Robot .
When i went to Q4L i wasn't sure if i belonged there and almost came back home . I am so glad that i did stay as i learnt how to Re- connect with my own feelings and thoughts .
Meeting Petrea King who is the Founder for Quest for life and listening to her talk had an amazing effect of me that i thought i had lost . All of the other lovely facilitators and staff were absolutely amazing and so helpful . I also met some lovely people there .
Listening to Coralie Wales who is the founder of Chronic Pain Australia and giving so much information about chronic pain which i suffer from terribly was very helpful and having goals to help me has now made me reconnect with myself .
I now know what to do when i feel that there's nothing i could do to help with my pain and mindset and for that i am now on my way to getting back to my old self.
Dont ever think you are on your own because with these lovely people you are not .
Thank you , Thank you very much
That was a wonderful post Karen. You are a wonderful, caring and giving person and don't underestimate your abilities to help yourself with pain. It is so hard and yet somehow it works. Keep looking at the workbook - I have been doing that a lot and find that my memory takes me back to Q4L. Thanks for keeping in touch. It helps to know that we are all out there supporting you even if it is via this website. We won't forget you. Jenn xx
Hi Coralie ,
I wish i had more hours in my day to myself so i apologize for taking so long to reply .Coralie i can not thank you enough for everything that you have done for me in the short time i have known you . Your commitment to helping others is amazing with the amount of time you put into everything you are definitely one of a kind . I do hope others from Q4L get on to this site and share their stories . Take care , Love and hugs always xxxx
I agree Kazza; I'm sure I speak for all from Q4L students by saying Coralie is a champion. I love this site. How about some others joining in? Let us know how you are going. Has anyone watched 'The Connection' DVD from the Q4L bookshop? I have watched it many times and find something new every time. If you don't have it, you can get it from the Q4L shop by ringing the centre. It's worth it! an amazing disc. Very encouraging. Jenny
I am feeling a little disconnected today. Is anyone else from Quest planning to communicate on this forum? I know that when you get home, you get involved in your own things and don't necessarily think to or remember to write to the others from Quest. I'd love to hear from some of you. How are you all going? How are you managing your pain? Has your life changed since being at Quest? I know mine has. I am getting on with things, going to the pool on good days and I have picked up my book writing again and I'm adding to it slowly. It is obviously a long term project. I hope you are all doing well and that you have been able to inculcate some of the strategies you learned at Quest into your daily lives. I've managed to cut right down on my medication and get more active. How about you? Jenn
I couldn't get you on your yahoo email dear friend. I hope you can get this letter. Jenn
Hi there Karen,
I am hopeless at keeping in touch at the moment as another reduction in medication has left me in agony and I am pretty hopeless at everything at the moment. When I get bad like this I hide in my room and just watch DVD’s or try to sleep. I hope to be back on board again soon when my body adjusts to the meds. I also suffer from dreadful constipation with the medication so and so when I take laxatives, the pain is unbearable to go to the toilet. Do you have this dreadful affliction of constipation? The pain every day in trying to go gets me down. How are you dear friend? I think of you a lot and hope that you are coping with the people that seemed to surround you in the unit. I hope you have managed to sort this out a bit. How are your parents? You are wonderful caring for aged parents; I admire you. I have Mum next door who id 86 soon and she is becoming more work as time goes on. Her sight Is a real issue now and she has a white stick for when she goes out. I try to take her shopping etc, but she is frustratingly slow. I’m sure you know what I mean. I love her dearly and I try my best, but some days I am not up to doing things. Doug is wonderful and cares for all her house etc. Today he is steam cleaning her carpet which is a lot of work for him. He says he will do our carpet too; he works so hard at work and them comes home and works again. At sixty, he needs to slow down a bit.
Lots of love to you Karen. I wish you well dear one and I hope you are managing your pain well.
Best wishes and a big hug from me.
I hope you are all well. I am happy to say that I am going back to QFL this November again to get a 'top up' on my pain management strategies. I would encourage you all however to try to go to the one day seminar in Sydney for National Pain Week on July 29. It is another way to stay connected to the latest things. Petrea and Coralie are both speaking and I am hoping that some of the people from our retreat last November will be there.
I have also taken up studying Naturopathy. In my quest to help others in chronic pain in Victoria, I want to keep up with the latest research and thinking. I am attending the conference on July 29th and I hope I can pick a few brains there. (I have a support group going in Geelong as we have so many sufferers here). I am taking my massage therapist who specialises in chronic pain.
I miss you all and really hope that you start writing on this forum to share each other's news. Best wishes to you all. Jenn Eaton. :cheer: