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The Road to Recovery

Friday, May 22, 2015

Well, my friends, I'm at the surgeon's office at the hospital right now, waiting to see him for a follow-up. I'm still dealing with pain, though it's been a little easier, now that they've provided me with the proper medication. I'm also going through physical rehab over at the nursing home in Queens, which has been going slowly, but consistently better.

I've also been doing something that I've been unable to focus on previously: revising one of my stories. It feels so good to be able to put my mind to work at something that I love; it's been too long since I've been able to think about anything but my convalescence. The fact that I'm progressing on my work is such a healing feeling. And yes, I promise that once it's done, I'll share it with all of you!

I'm also happy to say that, pain medication excluded (for the obvious reason), I've been clean now for 267 days. I hope that painkillers aren't going to have to be a constant companion in my life (I'm still concerned with the fact that I have this pain in my left arm that didn't exist before the surgery), but I know that with the support that I have through family and friends, I can overcome anything that may come my way.

Regardless, though I still have a ways to go to recover my physical strength, I can say that I feel stronger mentally and emotionally than I've felt in a long time. I know that I need to give myself credit in that regard--after all, regaining that strength has to start with me, or it won't start at all--I owe you all so much for being behind me, and supporting me emotionally and spiritually, with all your well-wishes and prayers. God bless you all, and I'm so glad that I found this family!

Joel a.k.a. Jaded
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    Hi Joel emoticon I am so happy to hear you just keep improving. I like reading your updates. I think it's wonderful that one day when your all healed and a famous successful author you will be able to say look what God helped me through. Lord please pour out your blessings on Joel chase him down and over take him with every good thing. Lord I pray your blessings will follow Joel. Lord please cover Joel's entire life . Please send him kind therapist, wise doctors and compassionate nurses. Amen
    I am proud of you Joel. emoticon Keep doing all the good stuff your doing. emoticon
    2221 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/26/2015 10:27:32 AM
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    It sounds like you're making good progress, which is wonderful news. I'm really excited about you're revising one of your stories. Writing whether it's revisions or something new will help keep your mind occupied.

    Take good care, Joel emoticon and emoticon
    2223 days ago
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    Hey.. Get back here... I am very happy to hear the new date.. I am very Proud of you.. I am sure that you will keep check on the pills that you will know when and how much you take.. You have to know because you know where you were and where your going.. I missed you.. but take care and dealing with a lot here myself.. Say a Prayer for the Family.. I am sure you have read about everything... In His Love an d Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2224 days ago
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    Praise God for your recovery, from illness and addiction ~ physically, mentally and emotionally. He always provides us with the strength we need and you have chosen to receive it. Still praying for you as you recover from your surgery for pain relief and healing. God bless you Joel. Thank you for the update! You have many people supporting you :)
    2225 days ago
    Way to go! I'll keep you in my prayers. I have faith that with time the pain will subside.

    2225 days ago
    Happy that you are doing so well considering! Glad you were able to post. Keep us as updated as possible. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    2225 days ago
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    Joel, I've been wondering about you! I am glad you are able to work on your writing again that is awesome! That is impressive to be clean that long! Way to go Joel! You will be cont in prayers etc! Thanks for the update!
    2225 days ago
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