Hey - smiling and muddling through are pretty darn great coping skills if you ask me. So is the Pollyanna thing. I mean, at a certain point, it really does become about attitude. Also - perhaps about lowering one's expectations as a ticket to some sort of happiness and/or contentment. I like your answers - they are succinct, to the point, and helpful. I'm the one with the big mouth who rattles on and on this forum - I think I will get better at not writing so much.
I think this is years of pent up frustration at not being able to talk about these health issues just flowing out of my brain onto the computer screen. I hope to utilize some brevity...after I get all this out of my head.
I have to laugh at myself - all those years counseling other people - oh- I could listen and help people find out how to cope, etc. etc. - and then I went kind of nuts - well, it's a typical female story - trying to fix everyone else - and left myself off the list. So, I like the smile and muddle through idea. That's pretty much what I do now - and I move around at a much slower pace. I try to enjoy moments more and not worry about all the what ifs and I shoulds ,etc.- I like life better like this. Less money, but no working myself silly. Able to enjoy just the simplest things - a day without much pain or discomfort and a good book is like heaven to me. This is one of the upsides of getting older. ha!