Good Samaritan #HAWMC

Day 3-Good Samaritan!
Day 3-Good Samaritan!

All month long, I’m participating in WEGO Health’s challenge.  Today’s prompt is:

Good Samaritan:  We love random acts of kindness. Write about a time that you benefitted from the kindness of a stranger, or a time when you were the one extending a helping hand. How did you feel? #HAWMC

MY ANSWER:

by Danielle Maret on flickr
by Danielle Maret on flickr

I remember having a terrible week last fall where I was fighting a flare up with my psoriasis and depression (I have bipolar 2).  I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome and Myasthenia Gravis; everyday, I fight pain and fatigue.  It’s very hard to function when you are in constant pain–much less hold down a job and write.  One rough evening,  I played Eye of the Tiger, put on my Rocky boxing gloves, and prayed for strength to get up.  Then, a card arrived in the mail from my friend Amy.  Amy has been one of my best friends since high school; we were co-captains of Speech Team together.  Amy married her high school sweetheart, Alan.  Together, they are the funniest couple I know.  Amy and Alan now have four kids together.  Anyway, this is an excerpt from Amy’s uplifting card:

Remembering you in my prayers today…May I be able to comfort you with the comfort I have received from the Lord.  I was reflecting that God uses my mistakes, failures, and migraines to remind me of how much I am dependent upon Him for strength and howI need to credit Him for victory.  I also was praising God for being the “God of all comfort”…Remember you are remembered and loved.

Amy’s card reminded me that I’m not alone, even though it sometimes seems like it.  Loneliness is a part of living with chronic illness.  Even though we hadn’t talked in about a month, Amy sent me a card when I needed it most.

Many Ways to Show Kindness

Here are some other random acts of kindness friends have done that have helped me:

  • Sent a text message asking me how I’m doing or saying “I’m thinking of you”
  • Sent an email
  • Visited me; I remember my cousin Shelly dropping by one night (she called an hour before) when I moved into my new apartment, where I lived alone
  •  Brought flowers; one time my aunt stopped by with flowers during a time when I was bedridden for over a year
  • Sent a random gift; I remember last spring my friend Tony sent me some New Kids on the Block marbles from 1990

What acts of kindness make you feel good?

Stay tuned!

Tomorrow, I’ll be back to answer WEGO’s next question.

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno

 

 

JessicaGimeno

Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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