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Kind and Generous! Our family and friends...

"KIND AND GENEROUS"

"You've been so kind and generous, I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
For everything you've done, you know I'm bound, I'm bound to
thank you for it...."
Natalie Merchant

I could sing this song 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

This is a daunting subject for me to write about.  When you are seriously injured at work or it becomes serious over time...the effect this has on our loved ones is hard to imagine. I see it in their eyes and can’t put my finger on it. Comprehending what they are thinking or feeling is not easy. But just like their challenging task of understanding the changes in me…I have a difficult time trying to figure out how they feel as rarely does anyone tell me. Possibly they don’t want to upset me in case I sink into deeper depression and high anxiety. I’m sure they tip toe around me…and don’t tell me their problems so much anymore for the same reason and I know full well…they only have my best interest at heart.

I thank God every day for my support network who surround me with love!  When they ask "how are you?"...  they actually want the truthful answer; they take me shopping because I can’t lift things;  they vacuum my home; take out my garbage; take me places that without their help I wouldn't be able to enjoy; they put up with my moods swings, anxiety, depression and tears … and most importantly they keep me company. It's their love that keeps me going...giving me hope and strength to continue  my fight.

Once the pain overtook my life and bureaucracy pounded me down...what used to be laughter turned to tears.  I was a confident happy person who laughed at the silliest things.  I worked at being happy.  I learned not to sweat the little things in life after many years of doing lots of perspiring. J I was at a peak in my life and enjoyed every moment of it.  Then I was injured and my world literally caved in.  Not quickly but a slow collapse of life as I knew it.

I realize that this is a very difficult transition for my support network to witness and understand. but I would like to know more about how they feel.  It must be challenging and confusing to be an advocate in the life of an injured person  who is fighting a never-ending battle of complicated and frustrating  bureaucracy. They continuously listen to me talk about: WSIB, NEL,LOE, Ontario Human Rights, Long term disability, Canada Pension Disability, etc etc. I’m sure it sounds like a foreign language at times… and yet they stand by me and LISTEN ! I love them all!

If you are in my circle of friends and family…or in another injured workers’ support network…PLEASE tell us what it’s like…how you feel. We need to know. Maybe by understanding how you feel…we’ll be able to work together to keep our bond glued together!!

"You've been so kind and generous, I don't know how you keep on giving
For your kindness I'm in debt to you
For your selflessness, my admiration
For everything you've done, you know I'm bound, I'm bound to
thank you for it...."
Natalie Merchant

Discussion started by dianejw , on 1179 days ago
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sumardiep
Beautifully written! I can only speak for myself, but watching the injured workers that I know personally and those that I work with professionally I always find one commonality. I am always ASTOUNDED by the resillience they each demonstrate. While it is hard to watch someone you care about suffer and be pushed down by a broken system, watching them rebuild and continue to perservere is incredible. While there will always be low days, I hope it is during those times you can bring to mind the respect and admiration that those who care about you no doubt have.
1157 days ago
 

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