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Ergonomics and ME/CFS: Have You Hurt Yourself Without Knowing It?
Having a chronic illness like ME/CFS can make it hard to avoid problems that come from bad ergonomics. Jody Smith has learned some lessons the hard way ...
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Discussion in 'Phoenix Rising Articles' started by Phoenix Rising Team, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Thanks Kina.

    So nice to be remembered and welcomed.
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    Good to see you again. :)
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    Hey Jody,

    Great to see you back! I remember you were the first person who welcomed me here and my first friend.

    Caledonia
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    taniaaust1 Senior Member

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    Welcome back :)

    Nice heart felt article.
  5. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Hi Jody - great to see you here again! In a way, it's good to see people disappear from the forums as they get better because they're our fore-runners back into the world where we hope one day to follow, but that does't mean we don't think about them. Thanks for writing another thoughtful piece!
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  6. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Dainty,

    It's been awhile, hasn't it. Nice to see you too. :)
  7. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Caledonia,

    Good memory! That is going back awhile. Nice to be back. :)
  8. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Taniaaust1

    I suspect many parts of my story are also other peoples' stories as well.

    Thanks for the welcome. :)
  9. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Sasha,

    What you say is true. I'm glad you didn't forget me. :) I never forgot any of you either.
  10. August59

    August59 Daughters High School Graduation

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    August59 (Jerry)
    It is a blessing to your face here again. You were always so supportive and positive in any advice given when it was really needed. I'm very glad that ur back and I always felt as if a part of PR went away when you did. I hope you can feel the great big hug that I am giving you now and look forward to your input on the forum

    Missed you very much!!!!
  11. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    August,

    Thank you so much. It's been wonderful to get such a warm response this week.

    It's good to be back. :)
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  13. Marg

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    Hi Jody,

    So glad to see you here. I remember you from when I first found PR. I knew I had hit the jackpot when I found it. I read your blog and enjoy that, glad to hear of your progress.
  14. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Marg,

    Thanks for that. :) It is a great place. I'm hoping that we all will make great progress.
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    Hi, Jody. Nice to see you here again. I remember you from those earliest days of the forum. Like you, I had been reading Cort's articles for quite a while. As I was first wading through the scientific papers on ME/CFS (or CFIDS, as I thought of it then) it was so helpful to have him translate them into plain English. After the forum started, I lurked for several months, reading but not posting. I think it was in the excitement following the Oct. 2009 publication of the XMRV study that I finally decided that I wanted to be part of the conversation.

    Thanks for sharing your PR story.
  16. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    ixchelkali,

    It's hard to believe the XMRV thing hit just about three years ago now. The conversation has certainly grown in that time. :)
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  17. RestingInHim

    RestingInHim Realist

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    Hi Jody! It was so great to read your article. It took me back too. When I discovered the forums, there were more here than you and Cort, but it was fairly early on, before the forums exploded. Though I didn't become a member for many months, I found a home in the midst of the isolation of this illness. Even though I was blessed to continue in ministry and be with other people after becoming ill in 1993, I needed conversation and a place to share with others who understood...who GOT IT...because they were living with this too. You were one of the lights that shined in my dark days...always warm, always welcoming... humble and honest. No matter how long I stayed away through my better periods, I could come back when I hit dark days and find a welcome as though I had been logged in all along. As the forums grew...I became overwhelmed with all the people, probably because I was already keeping track of so many in ministry. But I would come back to this touch stone of home and hope again and again, always finding a welcome. Since my health took a major downturn in 2007 and I retired from the ministry I had worked in for 26 years, and though I don't often comment or share on the forums, I continue to be grateful for Cort and the lifeline of information I can find here any time. So...to log on and find you here again is a wonderful blessing! Thank you for helping to make this a home for me as it was for you!
    resting still......


    resting....still
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  18. Jody

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    RestingInHim,

    It is a great place to be able to return to for refilling and regenerating, for seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I'm happy to have been part of that for you in the past. Here's to the future. :)
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    Creamcheese Creamcheese

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    Would like to add to this post, as I am returning here to PRForum after a few years absence. Jody is one of the main contributors to helping me through the fog, shining her beacon of hope. During the time that I was gone from here, had grief issues after both my parents died. Having worked in healthcare, it was a gift to be able to care for them in there final years. Would not have wanted to be elsewhere. It was they, who helped with finances , seeing good doctors for disability triple attempts (as I was young, then) and gov't did not want to give me what would turn into years of assistance. Yes, I agree, that Jody also made me feel at home here. And sharing all the she learned and the possibilities that can manifest when we don't give up. Is a good feeling to touch base here; to know that others truly understand because at some level they have been there.
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  20. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    Creamcheese,

    I'm touched by your post. Thank you.

    Your parents were fortunate to have you and your kindness. Welcome back.:)

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