Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Tale of Helping Others

Trevor here, once again. It has been many months, since we last updated you. Much has been going on in Brenda's life. Some good and some, not so good. We want to bring out here, that even in the not so good things that have occurred, she was able to get through those, because of help from many kind people.

That is going to be the premise of this blog post, helping others.

Brenda went through, what we have referred to, as a year of medical challenges. It started out with a colonoscopy, where they found something not quite right, so they biopsied. Her surgeon, who is also a friend, just wanted to make sure they were not missing anything. He cared enough about Brenda, to take that extra step. We are happy to report that it turned out to be nothing serious, but being cautious is always a good thing particularly, because there is a family history.

Next was her saga with her teeth. We touched on this before in another blog, which you can check out. 'A Tale of 2 Teeth' She recently had a root canal, but again, she had someone who knew the urgency of this problem and it was taken care of promptly.

She did land in the ER with a sudden attack of benign positional vertigo (BPV), which scared her, because she didn't know what was going on. Her heart was racing, so they thought it was anxiety. Now, if you were going through something like this and had no idea what was going on, wouldn't  you be a bit anxious? I would bet my bones, that I would be. This problem has certainly become worse since her brain surgery, and it is just something that she needs to adjust to. She has been doing exercises to help move the crystals that move around in the inner ear, to help alleviate this problem. Sometimes it helps and other times, she just has to take something to get her through it.

She has recovered well from her basal cell carcinoma that she had removed from her right nose, along with a skin graft taken from her forehead. Again, this is all explained in a previous blog post, 'A Tale of a Nose,That Keeps Growing'. She goes back next month for a six month skin check, as her chances of developing another BCC have become higher now. Her dermatological surgeon was great and he couldn't be happier with the results, as is Brenda.

Brenda continues to live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but that doesn't seem to slow her down much, as she manages to keep busy helping others. Now, on to our tale. Brenda became a Regional Outreach Manager this year with CreakyJoints. (just love that name, BOL) What this consists of is, brainstorming together with others to develop ways to reach out and make it inviting for others to want to join CreakyJoints and get involved with research, etc. Brenda has been doing her part with talking with people right in her own backyard and trying to come up with ways to be able to share materials and also promoting the Poet's Corner (& Artists Too), where she is the editor. I help out there also, with my Barks of Gold. BOL

She also has been working on Seth's 50 State Network, where the focus is on advocacy. She just wants to be there to help others out, who may be shy about sharing their story. You see, Brenda has done this and as she tells me, it can be so empowering to tell your own story.

Brenda has always wanted to help others. She never has asked for anything in return. I am going to though. Brenda is going through a difficult time right now. It has been a tough year, as you can see from all that she has gone through. As I said though, she had a lot of help to get her through it. She has a great health care team. She also needs friends. It's hard to be isolated and feel so alone. Brenda has done so much for others. At times, her help was not needed or appreciated. That's just how life is, but that doesn't mean she will give up.

This time of year especially is difficult. She has no family that is near by. She has been keeping in touch with her sisters, but they are far away. Christmas will be spent alone, as the past several years have been. This is just a reality. Brenda will however, plan to make a day for herself on Christmas Eve, by going to the mall, as she had done the past several years.

She has also helped out others by giving to various charities. There are some great ones out there. Do your research. Helping others, does really help yourself. It makes you feel good, that you are doing something for those less fortunate than you. This time of season, should be about giving and helping others, not getting. I think, we lose sight of that.

We want to wish all of our readers, a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year to come!

This is Trevor, The Tell Tale Dog, leaving you with this, BE A HELPER!!