Wednesday night I participated in a live chat with quite a few people who have TMJ. The chat was facilitated by the founder of TMJ Hope, Stacy Stone and was held in honor of reaching 2500 likes for the Facebook page. During the hour-long chat I learned a lot from others who have TMJ and I started to connect with everyone, experiencing the beginnings of friendships. Hearing (reading) all of the stories both comforted and scared me. Most of them have had or are considering surgery. My journey has not reached that point and I hope it never gets there. I'm trying not to stress about it. If I have to have surgery, then I have to have surgery. I will face it when I get to it and not a moment before.
During the chat Stacy talked a little about a 4-week interactive course called Beyond Hope. She is running this course to help those with TMJ learn to thrive with it. Each week the course will focus on a different aspect of TMJ - setting goals, tools and techniques, food and exercise, and emotions, mindset, and relationships. Based on the chat and what I had read about the course, it sounded like something I really wanted to do. I was thinking it might help me learn what to expect on my journey and how to begin dealing with this as they happen instead of after they happen. But I wasn't sure I could swing the fee for the course, so I decided not to do it.
Stacy announced during the chat that she would be giving away two free spots in the course. At the end of the chat she gave away the spots. I was surprised when the first name Stacy said was mine! I won a free spot in the course! I am looking forward to beginning the course this Tuesday. I think I will make some friends in the course but I will also learn some valuable information to help guide my journey.
Throughout the course I plan to post entries to my blog about what I am learning. One cool thing is that the course will end right before I go on vacation with my parents for my birthday. I'm positive this will help me have a fantastic birthday.
Thought of the Day: "A journey indeed, is an emotional roller-coaster." - Ana Monnar
Yes, yes it is. But without the ups and downs, would it still be a journey? I expect the ups and downs. I only hope I have the strength to make it through them.