Thank all of you fellow forum users that supported me when I put myself forward as a volunteer.
This is going to be the end of my first day and I have to say, it has been hard work but FABULOUS. I've done self-help group volunteering before and always find that listening fully to some one else's story makes me forget about my own problems for a while.
On this lovely forum it's been just the same. The rain and lack of sunlight have been getting to me and I've had very 'difficult' pains in my elbows and lower arms, my knees, my back - you get the picture. Today, when I stop and think, these pains are still there but I haven't paid much attention to them and now I'm off to bed. That's a pretty good day for me!
We do need more volunteers as our numbers are up to 5,000 so if you have some time, and think you can put your own 'stuff' to one side while you answer a newcomer, why don't you think of volunteering?
It is really important when you are responding to somebody else's need to put yourself to one side for a while. That doesn't mean you can't use the forum for yourself. Or at least it won't for me. As I've just said above - I hurt (a lot) and I won't pretend otherwise but I can still be there for others.
Whippet Christine xxx