Strange encounter.

Few days ago when I was shopping at Wall-Mart I met this nice, old lady. She was on the wheelchair, disable, so I was helping her with shopping. And we talk…
She told me that she is cancer survivor.
So Am I.
She said that her all life was very challenging.
So was mine.
She have a heart attack.
I have one too.
She have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Well, I have my Gout.
And on the end of our short conversation she told me, that she is very old. She is 65 years old!
So was I – two years ago…
But I didn’t say that. I only told her that I was over 50 years old…

This was a very strange encounter. I felt very sorry for that Lady. She sounded very hopeless. I didn’t know what to say. I was only repeating: “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry”…
And I realized, that actually I’m disable, old woman – but still walking ( slowly…) and don’t complaining about that all…
Maybe I’m so strong because I inherited my Grandmothers genes?
Or maybe because I’m over 50 years old – not 67? 🙂 !
Who knows???
Even the Doctors are puzzled. Any time I talk to one, he want to send me again for one more full body scan…
They probably want to see what is inside of me that keeps me going , and going… 🙂 …

Well, I’m just very grateful that I’m the way I’m – for now. That I can find the strength to get up in the morning and keep going… And that I’m (mostly) independent. Thank you God!
And I want to thank you all – my readers – you are my inspiration and the reason to go on…
God Bless you all!

40 thoughts on “Strange encounter.

  1. Been there and done that. I am sixty eight and work at Lego Land as a ride operator. I sweat out bullets and move for six hours at a shot. It is exercise and I am in pretty good shape. A do not worry for that will kill you. I see kids smile and that makes me feel young again. You will feel as the people around you feel. Depressed people surround themselves with depressed people and the circle is complete. Avoid the negatives and smell the roses. Good luck, Barry

  2. Perhaps your “secret” is not giving up. I was told in my 20s that I would be in a wheelchair by 35 because of arthritis. Guess what? I just turned 66 and I’m walking AND running! Our minds and our wills are very strong and, if we choose to use them, can make all the difference in the world as to the state of our health and the quality of our lives. Keep moving forward, Anna. If I can, you can. ❤

  3. It’s all in how we choose to feel, sometimes. What you are doing is working for you; and, I commend you for focusing on the positive rather than the negative. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is so true, it is all to do with your state of mind and attitude. I was told in my early thirties I had Rheumatoid Arthritis, treated with all sorts of tablets that didn’t make a blind bit of difference. I wasn’t in that much pain. After four years of this I told my GP I no longer wanted to take pills. More than thirty years have gone by since then and occasionally I have been affected so much I couldn’t walk; one time it lasted a year, but I always seem to recover and live actively again. I love and enjoy my life, have lots of hobbies like painting, cross stitching and writing, have written a 246 page book and have a great family life with my husband of 49 years. My advice? Keep active, have things to look forward to, and set yourself goals.

  5. This is an amazing post, showing your strength and how you’re determined life (or things trying to hold you back from life) will not get you down. Thank you for sharing this and God bless you

  6. It all has to do with our outlook in life. Words either bring life or death, depression..They build up or not. To greet each new day with thanksgiving is important to me.. Now you can pray for this woman, that her eyes be open to see the truth and that she be set free from her way of looking at life. God had you to be there for a reason. God Bless you!

  7. You are amazing. Love your positive attitude. Yes, we have to just keep moving and do the best we can with all our aches and pains. You are an inspiration to so many. Have a lovely day. Renee 🙂

  8. Such a wonder you are! For many reasons other than just being brave. It is so enriching to hear a positive voice amidst so much negative all around. I am happy to know you from your blog. Thank you and do keep writing.

  9. My grandma was like that woman (sadly)… she had a really hard life and just really let it get to her 😦 She complained a lot about everything, and always seemed to look at the negatives in life. I think it’s something that I’ve learned from seeing – in order to try to be different. Nice post!!!

  10. As long as you keep moving, you will keep moving. As long as you keep getting up each day, you will keep getting up each day. As long as you have hope, you will have hope. You’re doing it right, keep on doing it!

  11. Our state of mind has a lot to do with our survival…. like you said, she seemed hopeless and maybe that’s how she was feeling. People handle things differently… but :] keep up the good work and keep up what you’re doing, because it is obviously working!

  12. I have read several of your posts and like them. Thanks for reading my story re 75th anniversary of WWII. Maybe look at my website and read more of my blogs. I might yet inspire you too! I am 80 years old and I am going – going – going….wrote my memoir “We Don’t Talk About That” and you are right, – writing it was painful. I am not going to talk about my health problems, – very much like yours plus, – but all your admirers say “stay positive, the glass is half full, Mind over matter, keep yourself busy etc. etc.” so do I. Working on my sequel and have writer’s pains…

  13. From another 67-year-old: I enjoyed visiting your blog, Anna, and wish you well on your healing journey and with your writing.

  14. I suppose its all in the attitude. My mom succumbed to cancer at 63. And, for a while before that she’s been feeling old. She used to think differently, but once she started thinking and saying she’s weak and old (and made a habit of saying it over anything) she became that.

  15. Maybe it’s because you are far enough of the other side of it or into it to realize that gratitude is very important in any situation we find ourselves in. When we can accept what is rather than fighting everything, it lessens our internalized suffering–those thoughts that tell us things “should be” different than what they are. Grace is always there in every instant waiting for us to step into her arms, and sometimes she comes unbidden as a way to encourage us and help us to see the other side of suffering. It’s a choice we have to make every day to live and find the good in our lives, even in the smallest of things–the bird singing outside the window, the smell of dinner coming from the kitchen, the warmth of a friend. Find them and hold on. But some are not ready until they are ready until they are ready…and some are never ready. And that’s okay. Just keep shining your light anyway!

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