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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Chronic Illness: Your Trash, Their Treasure

Maureen Pratt Author PicAdapting to life with a health problem often brings new ways to live and new things to buy. I lost my hair because of lupus – I had to buy wigs. My wardrobe changed drastically because, whenever I go outside during the day, I have to wear long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats (no more shorts and T-shirts).

But as I accumulated the things that I needed because of my illness, I also accumulated piles of things I no longer needed. Hair clips and ties. Clothing. Old appliances that were too difficult for my arthritic hands to operate. Dishes that were too heavy to carry safely.

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Instead of throwing these out, I made a careful assessment. Who could benefit from them? Where could I take them/to whom could I donate them?

Trying out one of the online auction sites was another option, of course. But there are so many people who cannot even afford to shop there, that I opted for making donations. And, when I did, the uplifting feeling was wonderful!

Not only did I feel relieved that I’d cleared some space and “moved on” from possessions that no longer made sense for me to have, but I also felt good that I could help other people, too.

No doubt about it, we who live with serious illness can make a difference in the world around us in many ways. Just look around you – your trash could very well become someone else’s treasure!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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