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Very sort of sad tonight....

I always think that this will be my LAST Christmas but I've been thinking that now for the past three years. It sort of gets to me. Does anyone else feel this way?

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi I feel like for the first time that this might be my last xmas of course it will be if I just give up and I ain't bout to do that.I hope u feel the same way we got to hold out for that miracle cure(haha)
deleted_user
deleted_user

OK folks real deal tale here..... My daughter at age 3 was diag. with cancer. A "great Boston" hosp told us to go home and enjoy the time left and she would died before her 4th birthday..Well guess they were sorta right... She died.. but 20 years later. Talked about that today with my doc as if-ie with me...
Pontiac Slim
Sue825
Sue825

What a beautiful story, Slim! I'm so glad you had 2 more decades with your daughter! As the saying goes, none of us has an expiration date stamped on the bottom of our foot! Frankly, my father is 89 yo, and I'm much more likely to brood about this - perhaps - being his last Christmas. I try very hard to focus on today. Each day we live is a gift. That's why they call it the 'present!"

Enjoy your Christmas!
Hugs, Sue
deleted_user
deleted_user

I have a very good friend that has a saying
"When God wants me He'll call me"

I am trying to live by this saying and not worry about when my time comes but I'm only human and I do get sad that I have the disease/illness that I have.

What I do every year is write a little note to my family and slip it in with the Christmas decorations when I put them away each year JUST IN CASE
ldozy1
ldozy1

Thanks Slim for sharing .. 20 wonderful more years of love.

IMO:
Why "ruin" the time you have worrying about if its your last? Will it change anything? We have the greatest gift of all in some ways.. being here still to even have this worry. Many, many people never even get that.

Love that idea Sindy .. I think I'm going to start doing this also.. my kids got me one of those record as you read books of the Night Before Christmas so that if this is the "last one" my grands will still get to hear me reading the story till the electronics wear out..lol!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Merry Christmas to each and everyone and thank you for being a part of my life . I could'nt do this thing without u it is comforting to know I am not totally alone in this fight for life. Love ya(smile)
SoftFlower
SoftFlower

I too celebrate each Christmas as possibly the last Christmas.

I have felt this way for each Christmas for the past 12 years with COPD, but it seems that the next one always seems comes, at least so far.

Over these years of breathlessness, I have sort of gotten used to the idea, and it doesn't seem to bother me as much as it used to.

I am sort of settled into the possibility, left all the little note over and over again each year and always amazing I am still here.

I agree the best thing to do is wake up in the morning put a smile on my face and joy in my heart,

do the very best I can which is really hard some times and look for happiness in each day as it comes,

even when I have to look in very small places to find it,

its always there, that tiny place to smile.

and feel grateful.

I wish you all many more Christmas's to come

Love
Holly
deleted_user
deleted_user

I too live like each day could be my last....ride till ya get there, and, drink till she's cute



Actually, I thought last nite coulda been my last....it was a bad one. picked up another chest infection, doused it with 60mg's of pred about 3am, got to sleep about 4....whew
deleted_user
deleted_user

I hope that you can feel better about your thought of this being your last Christmas. I try to do like Jona and most people I think. Live one day at a time and enjoy the moment. Always wish for the next Christmas and when it gets here, then it is time to celebrate. Always celebrate every day, cause it is another day that you are here and that is Awesome.
LilEllie
LilEllie

Serenity, I read your comment last night and my first reaction was yes, I do feel that way at times.

When I started thinking about why I would say yes, I realized that it was actually a pretty common question for anyone when emotions become a spoken question.

Acknowledging a fear can also be the catalyst to being able to live with that fear. If this should be my last Christmas, I will enjoy it the same as each day that I am now allowed to be.
deleted_user
deleted_user

myself I choose to say things like...."maybe next Christmas I can be in Hawaii"...(hope thats spelled right ) :) anyway you get the idea !!!
nodrogmot
nodrogmot

Again I find that I am not the only one who thinks this. Hugs to you all. I tend to now go with the philosophy live day to day and next year will get here sooner then later.
Peta44
Peta44

Sorry you are feeling this way Serenity.

Wishing for you and all, many more Christmas times, filled with all the joys of the season.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was recently diagnosed with emphesema and am new here and very scared. I thought if I quit smoking, with support and prayer, I would feel a little better but I dont know much about it yet but is this the end? Is it going to kill us all, no matter what we do? Please friends, I am really scared now any any info wpould be deeply appreciated. Thanks and best wishes to all. Heidi
nodrogmot
nodrogmot

Heidi ,welcome to the group. Is it scarey and life changing yes it is but we can slow it down to a crawl and have many happy years ahead of us. Read past post and you will see we got a whole lot of really good info on here and a bunch of awesome people who will be here for moral support.