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  1. Debs

    I love this! I thought about being 70 this week too when I went to the beach, watching everyone wrapped up warm, except for this old couple who proceeded to strip down to costumes and take the plunge. They tell me they swim almost daily as it keeps them young and fit. I want to be like them!

  2. Debbie

    Hi Anne, you’ve just proved that it is good to look back. You have come along way in those eighteen years and from a pretty sh**ty time too. You’ve done it once, you can do it again. Circumstances may be different this time, but I look forward to reading your journey. The only way is forward now! *high five*

    PS… Love your new website x

    xx

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Such an inspirational post Anne! I have no doubt that you can get through this. You have dealt with shit before and you will do it again. It sounds like you have a lovely family to support you too. Sending love and hugs your way x

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. I hope you can join me Monday x

  4. Shelbee on the Edge

    Such a powerful message! 18 years ago my life was pretty terrible, too, and now I really do only look back to see how far I’ve come and to share the message of survival and empowerment with others who may be traveling a similar journey! Great post! Thank you for sharing your story. I found your post at #BlogCrush

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  5. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin

    Great post, thank you! Very well written and properly thought through. Very good reasoning as well, 18 years can be an ample amount of time. And every good day counts. We can’t know how long we’ve got so we better make the most of the now, but that doesn’t automatically mean not looking back at what we’ve experienced so far. You can look back in constructive ways, like you do in this post x #BlogCrush

  6. Claire

    I needed this today! For the past few years I have often said I feel like I’m 80, yet I’m still in my 40s. The last few weeks have been a round of hospital visits, procedures and being told there is nothing to be done. Friday saw me with yet another bad shoulder dislocation….after a sleepless night I spent yesterday feeling a bit grotty….not to mention a bit sorry for myself. But I certainly try to be as positive as you, and this is what I aim for when blogging. I can’t change the body I live in but I can make the best of it…and try to emulate people like you! Going to share this link tomorrow on my reg Monday Magic Inspiring Blogs feature. Great #MMLinky post! Claire (PainPalsBlog)

  7. Jeannette @autismmumma

    This is a great post, lovely. I’m travelling a slightly but much milder path to you and I need to take heed of your words.
    18 years ago I was a single mum with a child of 5, struggling. 18 years ago in May 2000 I met a man who would become my husband and we had our two children together.
    In 18 years time I want to look back to now and say “I got through it”, I want you to too. Thanks for joining in with #TheMMLinky

  8. Wendy

    I think looking back sometimes is definitely a good thing and can be a really positive step in helping you actually move forward with your life. You sound so very determined to get yourself feeling better and I really hope you are able to stop feeling like you’re trapped in a 70uear olds body xx #BlogCrush

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