I am here for support and look forward to welcoming newbies and telling my story!
I hope you feel better soon!
I hope that you all are well and thanks for making me and everyone feel at home here! Great support for everyone starts with a friend and there are many here!
Hugs to all,
Hey, granny - put this post on the Welcome thread!
I would love to welcome everyone to our family. When I first came here I was so lost and so alone. I didn't know what was wrong with me and I had been struggling with it for 3 years. I imagine most of you know the feeling I'm talking about. It's the limbo land time of your life. This is the scariest and most horrible feeling in the whole world. You feel so alone and that no one knows what you are feeling, you feel like your the only person in this world that this is happening too.
That all changed when I came to this wonderful forum. Had it not been for all of you wonderful family members I'm not sure I would be alive today. A very special thanks to Quix. She personally took me under her wing as she does so many of you, and walked me through everything that was happening to my body and why. When I finally got my diagnosis of MS in August of 2007 it was guess who that came to my side? My dear friend Quix.
All of the stress, anxiety, PAIN, bad days, good days, loneliness, depression, personal relationships, and so many other things that each of us either go through or are going through, it all seems so much easier when you have these people by your side with each step you can feel them taking you by the arm and helping you through it.
Med Help is not only wonderful for it's people but the resources and information at our fingertips is unbelievable. It really doesn't matter what question we may have either someone knows the answer or can tell you where on Med Help to turn to.
I promise each and every one of you that you are not alone. We all welcome you here and even if you post a question and it doesn't get the response amount that you wanted, go ahead and post again. This forum moves so fast that sometimes there are so many questions that your post is on the second page in a matter of an hour or two. I promise one thing, and that's that we care for all of you and all of your questions and concerns are very important to all of us and especially our forum lead people or moderators.
Once you post and see what kind of people you are dealing with here, you will soon see that this is not like any other forum you have ever seen. There is such a closeness and family like atmosphere here that you could search forever and not find a group of people like there are here.
I for one want to personally welcome each and every one of you and please feel free to jump right on or go back through our archives and read what I'm talking about. I also hope that if you need me for anything, I will be here for you. I also know so many others here that are true veterans and they will also jump in to help in any way.
I'll be praying,
PS. I'm sorry this was so long, Quix said only a few words to welcome ya'll would be plenty but I couldn't find a good stopping place because there are so many wonderful things about our family that I didn't want to leave anything out.
If you don't add your thoughts to the welocme thread, I'll come after your with a switch!!!
It's my finest idea in years, don't let it sink off the page!!!
(Thank YOU Jen, Moki and Doni!!!!)
Please help!! The new Welcome Thread has been posted but not "stuck" to the top yet and it is drifting off the first page! We need people to add their welcomes!! Pass the word!
Please add your welcome.
This is a fantastic idea and I will be happy to contribute in any way possible. I'm sorry your feeling a bit down but I know you well enough to know that not even MS can keep you down for long.
I'll be praying,
PS. I'm hoping that now that things have settled down a little in my life that I can spend more time helping answer those who need words of encouragement.
My next new post will be the "Welcome thread" which will end up permanently at the top of the page.
I am feeling bad, with increased fatigue, and pain and weakness in my right arm. I am not able to be on the forum much right now. I know this is a recurring whine of mine and I'm sorry. I hope you will continue to do the great job you are doing with keeping everyone answered.
There is some great information flowing here!
Sounds great! I know that I searched for answers far and wide, and this was the first place that I could get any assistance. It has been a tremendous support group for me for the past few months!
I'm keeping this high for the committed forum members to consider.
I think it sounds like a great idea and take some of the pressure off you all that try to catch all the newbies as soon as possible to welcome them. I'll try to help if I can.
I'm fairly new, but I don't mind giving my story.
Yeah, by all means, bring it on! As the postings multiply, you might find that you'll need to edit and condense the posts to bring the cream to the top, so to speak. I suspect many people will be posting to that thread first, because they're not sure where to go next.
Sounds good to me!
I'll have to figure something to say!
What a wonderful idea!
i am a "newbie" but I feel very welcome and would love to participate. Thank you.
It's a fantastic idea. Count me in!! So long as my brain cooperates with my fingers. lol
I've only been here for a few months but it sure seems a lot longer! I'm happy to participate.
What a great idea! It would be a quick way for people to get a feel for this forum and the "vibe" here. I know I had hooked up with a couple of other forums during my search for a diagnosis, depending on where the search was going at that time. NONE of the other forums was like this group - so knowledgeable, so compassionate, so warm and welcoming. This group has kept me together many times.... :) I'll do anything you need to help out...
And a HUGE thank you for all the info on diagnosis and the McDonald Criteria - it made more sense to me than it ever has! You do so much for us, and provide us with so much valuable info.... you rock!!
I think this is a good idea and I would be happy to help out. The idea that people can come in and look at a page filled with statements from real people that have had real results from the forum would be a good thing. I am happy to help anyone in any way that I can...just ask.
I read your reply/welcome to kittenix and loved the way you directed her to the health pages. This would be a great addition to a permanent welcome.
I will help in any way I can, perhaps after the thread gets rolling. I have lost patience with my ability to compose, and I have developed a very choppy, blunt approach to posting . . . not to my liking. I do think it is a wonderful idea for a wonderful forum!