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Hello all! My name is Melody I am 22 from Napa California I am currently studying to become an IT professional and I have some simple wishes.

1. Yarn I have recently taking up knitting (with the help of my Knifty Knitter!) and while yarn isn't expensive for an out of work college student it isn't cheap either.I will even make it into a scarf and send it back to you if you want.

2. Your favorite Vegetarian/Vegan recipes

3. Help out a homeless person. You can do so much to help it could be something as simple as bringing them something warm to drink on a cold day just help! I am hoping to start a local knitting group aimed at knitting scarfs/hats etc for the homeless.

4. Postcards! I long to travel but sadly haven't had the chance to travel much so I would love to live vicariously through postcards =0)

5. I suffer from what the doctors think is fibromyalgia along with being bi-polar so any thing having to do with either of those would be greatly appreciated . I am struggling with my current doctor to get on some sort of pain meds and feeling very down about the whole thing. So even just a story about your struggle would make me feel less alone.

6. Anything to do with Doctor Who New or Classic. I am a total Doctor Who junkie.

7. Leave random kind notes for strangers to find. I know it would make my day to find something like that.

8. Consider reusable bags. It's a simply and easy way to be more environmentally friendly. You can even make your own.

9. I know this is a HUGE long shot but an accordion I don't care about the condition I would happily get one fixed up. I just want to learn to play.

10. If you drive be more conscious of pedestrians. I personally don't drive and I can't even count the number of times I've nearly been hit by people.

11. Tea! I am a bit of a tea fanatic and I am always into trying new tea's.

12. Paid account time and extra user pics are always nice because I am totally addicted to my user pics <3

Contact info:

ThePhantomTurtle@gmail.com

Melody Harris
1240 Laurel St
Napa,Ca 94559

Thank you all so much! And have a safe and happy holiday season!
I can do #4. I'm from Massachusetts, and I'd absolutely LOVE for you to have some postcards from my area.

I can also do #3, 7, 8 and 10 especially. And I can understand that all too well. I do drive and since my brother was killed by a drunk driver while a pedestrian, I am extra careful of them. Thank you for the reminder though. It's always nice to see random acts of kindness!

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Yay! My best friend lived in for MA for 2 years and never once sent me a post card haha.

I am sorry to hear about your brother *e-hugs* thank you for 3,7 and 10!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Aww.. well I'll send you some postcards. I have to wait until I get my car fixed though.

Thank you for the cyber hug. And you're welcome about the kind acts.

Happy holidays!!!
Try getting in touch with a local charity like Blankets for Canada (I am sure that there is a local equivilant) they give you yarn to make squares from and then you put them together to make a blanket that is donated to people in need.

Unfortunately I am in Canada, so I have just as little Who!Gear as you do :(

But I am willing to send you a few bags of tea! email me with the kinds that you like (helbich@gmail.com) and I will see what I can put together :)

eta: I am starting to use reusable bags, so I am doing that for you!!

Edited at 2008-11-27 02:03 pm (UTC)
ooh I had no idea anything like that existed I will have to look into that thank you for the info!

Yay fellow Doctor Who fan! They really need to make more Who!Gear for the Us and Canadian people!

I am just about to send you an email thank you so much!
Oh, address provided, expect #4 and something small #6 to arrive!

-D
This isn't a personal story but a friend of mine's Dad is bi-polar. He is a very successful doctor and while he had a lot of problems with it in the past he rarely has episodes now. It was basically cured by a lovely little border collie belonging to my friend. He bonded so well with her and she made him so happy that his symptoms went away, and so my friend let him keep her :)
I'm not really sure if this is what you're looking for but he has a very loving wife and 4 great kids, and it doesn't affect his life at all!
That is a lovely story! Thank you so much for sharing. I have been bonding with my grandma's new puppy lately I swear there is nothing like tiny puppy therapy hehe.
"8. Consider reusable bags. It's a simply and easy way to be more environmentally friendly. You can even make your own. "

This is what I'm making all my friends for the holidays. :) Using polar fleece as that stuff is super tough.
Take a bag you already have, measure it, and use that as your guide. They're super fast to make up. I can sew up two in a day. :D
I've had fibromyalgia for... 12 years now? It's not fun, and some days it sucks eggs, but there's more and more research and treatments coming out all the time, and over the years I've learned some coping skills that have made it possible for me to lead a pretty normal life. I now own a business and work 40 - 60 hours a week and have hobbies and something that vaguely resembles a social life, and all of that is pretty manageable as long as I'm careful to pace myself and stay within my physical and emotional limits.

If it's truly fibromyalgia, exercise can help a LOT -- I know that seems counterintutive given that you're probably hurting and exhausted all the time, but there's been quite a bit of research done on this and they've found that consistent exercise can be the single best thing to improve your overall health. I swim and do water aerobics a minimum of three days a week (and try for five) and it's made a huge improvement in my energy and mobility. Hot baths (with epsom salts -- they're cheap and most drugstores sell them) are also a great pain management tool for a lot of people with fibro, and acupuncture can help a lot too if that's something you can afford. (Look for an acupuncture clinic -- sometimes you can find places that do basic treatments in a group setting for really, really cheap.)

And lastly, for knitting, try working on circulars if you haven't already. It takes the weight off your hands and arms, which can help a lot. I read that somewhere in a group for knitters with fibro, and tried it, and was amazed at how much of a difference it made. :)
Thank you so much for sharing with me and all the very helpful suggestions. I really miss working and it brings me hope to see other fibro sufferers able to work. I do try and exercise but I can honestly say I don't try as hard as I should.

I haven't tried circulars but I will certainly have to because I know after my first scarf I thought my arms might fall off!
A postcard will be on it's way the first week of December when I send the mail out.
There's a blog on here called barcode_life about depression. It's not been updated for ages, but I love what's there.

The main thing that helps me keep on top of being bi-polar - that isn't my meds - is exercise. It can be very hard to do when I'm in a slump, but I have found the fitter I am the less prone to the ups and downs of being bi-polar I am.

This book http://tinyurl.com/684qgb helped me to explain how I felt to friends and loved ones far more consisely than I ever could.

And this book http://tinyurl.com/6cgsnz is helpful, reassuring and splendid.


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I'd suggest reading Madness by Mayra Hornbacher. Just to warn you, it is pretty intense and possibly triggering, but it's a real honest look at being bipolar.
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Thank you! I will check it out i haven't actually read any decent books about bi-polar before.
I will send you tea as soon as possible. I too suffer from Bipolar Disorder...I have one that helps me balance out a little.
#2 -- a lot of my favorite vegan recipes I have up on my non lj blog, megatarian.blogspot.com.

#8 -- I use reusable shopping bags for everything, even if I get weird looks in stores and things. I keep a few in my car all the time, then have the big ones for major shopping trips!
I was just looking at your pre-thanksgiving feast pictures and drooling haha thanks so much for the link!

I am the queen of huge purses and people at the grocery store always look purplexed when I pull out 4 or 5 to load my grocery's in hehe
Random notes to strangers are so much fun! It's my dream to find one someday. I'm writing them pretty regularly! :D