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    The Great Outdoors
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Having Osteoarthritis can impact how you live and work and your relationships. What about the great outdoors? Do you like getting out into nature and, if so, how do you manage to do that when pain or disability is an issue? And if you can't get outside as much as you'd like, how do you bring some of that nature in?

    What's your favorite way to connect with nature?
    We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
    georgia888 responded:
    Hello Caprice,
    The great outdoors is therapy in & of itself. The many distractions of the out of doors, whether it be pleasant chirping of a bird or even a blustery breeze in the winter time, help me to forget about my pains.

    When I'm not out during the warm weather, I've got all my windows opened bringing that beautiful air inside.

    Although I can't do all the yard work I once did, I putter as much as I can tolerate. I even enjoy walking around the yard picking up all the limbs, etc. before the mower arrives.

    I've learn to better tolerate the more inclement weather as it makes me appreciate those sunny warm days all the more. Living in upstate NY, I've even learned to appreciate the sometimes nasty winter days as it's a good excuse to stay in & catch up on reading.

    Thank you for inspiring fun conversations.

    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to georgia888's response:
    You have a great attitude, Georgia.

    Like you, I find all sorts of ways to stay in touch with nature. Sometimes there's a price in pain if I overdo, but it's worth it for the ease in stress it ALWAYS gives me, even when the weather's not great.
    We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

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