Patient Stories


Tammy’s Story: Helping Others Helped Me!

Helping Others, Help Yourself!

My issues started probably 5-6 years ago. We we know, PN is very hard to diagnose. With that being said, I was treated for carpal tunnel, they switched my cholesterol meds, and I said lots of prayers as we didn’t know what was going on! After a nerve conduction study, I FINALLY I got some answers. I was soon to learn that what treatments workfor some may not work others and it can surely be very discouraging!

Being in the healthcare field for years and helping others has always been the most rewarding thing for me.

So when I stumbled upon the Facebook support group, Peripheral Neuropathy Success Stories, I started seeing some positivity and it uplifted me!!! I think that this group has been a huge factor in helping so many people, including me! Success stories are highlighted each day in the group and I think that gives others an incentive to see what they may be able to accomplish. It definitely give us a feeling of being able to to overcome some of the perils of neuropathy.

Comfort in Unexpected Places

I had to quit work, due to my doctors advice. Yes, I was feeling down really down! My feet! It’s hard to walk and we live on a beautiful farm. I used to love to walk around. When I began the frequent falling, I thought what will I do!

Well now I have made just a few changes that have helped me so much. I use a cane or walking stick and I quickly found that quitting work was truly a blessing. I now have my coffee on the porch each morning, looking at all of the nature and scenery around me. Last year, I was able to enjoy the beautiful flowers that I never got to see much! I now get to spend time with precious four legged fur babies. I’m not stressed trying to rush to get socks and shoes, always relying on my sweet husband to help. Now, I take my time. Slowing down, not stressing, enjoying every minute that I was unable to do before. I was also able to spend quality time with my mother during her final months. My motto is “ Everything happens for a reason….”

But the best thing that I have enjoyed most is the Buddy Up program that is an offering in PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY SUCCESS STORIES. Serving as a buddy, I get such fulfillment by talking with people just like me who are confused, and just need someone who gets it. They try sharing with family members, but often, family just can’t relate. I believe that sharing my experiences with them allows them to see possibility! I inspire them to find hobbies or things to distract them. For instance, I find that painting allows me to forget about my pain and escape for a few hours. Finding things to do and occupying our minds is so helpful. And, finding support is important! I found support thru the Facebook group and even found sister groups, such as “ SNAP!” to distract me and entertain me. I love taking pictures and sharing them and getting to see snaps from all around the world without leaving my home. I love it!!!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Neuropathy is painful, but don’t let it get you down! Yes, some days are worse than others, but I take my cane and my mask and get out in public a lot. There are days I don’t want to get out of bed and when my feet hit the floor, I just start praying. I keep pushing forward. I also try so hard to make people laugh as laughter is really the best medicine. if I can make at least one person smile each day, I feel like I have accomplished one of my missions! .

Bristol VA

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