Attention KENNETH AVERY Followers:

I DO NOT LIKE TO RUN PHOTOS OF MYSELF. BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO WASTE MY CLOWN ARTWORK I AM SAVING FOR A FUTURE HUB.
I DO NOT LIKE TO RUN PHOTOS OF MYSELF. BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO WASTE MY CLOWN ARTWORK I AM SAVING FOR A FUTURE HUB.

I WISH I COULD

WRITE SOMETHING FUNNY

but I can't. I haven't any one-liners, side-splitting jokes. Or even a cute turn of a phrase at this time in my life. Just a sincere attempt to convey to all of the followers I have been blessed with in the past seven months, HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE them.

How helpless I feel right now. Looking over my list of special friends. Followers who took a 'leap of faith,' months ago and began following my life-adventures. Or more accurately, misadventures. My followers stuck it out. Stayed with me. Bad hub and good. And I am left with the feeling that they might think I take them for granted.

"NOT BY A LONG SHOT!"

I value my followers. Their presence. Their comments. Their opinions, pro and con. I sound very old-hat. Old-fashioned. And very corny. But I truly feel, that I have . . .

"THE BEST FOLLOWERS ON THE ENTIRE HUBPAGES WEBSITE."

And I thank you all, my followers, for who you are. And just how much each of you has touched my life.

~ Kenneth Avery

WRITER'S NOTE: this hub was from a wonderful idea by a wonderful follower of mine, Momma Mia. Thanks, Mia. You are a genuine life-saver. (Kenneth).



I won't keep you long. I realize that you have lives. Active lives. Children to tend to. And children to watch in their various athletic events. Some of you are retired. While some are still holding down jobs to feed their families. Every aspect of human life is found within the circumference of our safe haven, HubPages.

HubPages is a marvelous place. Marvelous for how we can all escape reality. Write about, and even face reality with its harsh faces and share the dreams we've had the night before. Did I say marvelous? Okay. Marvelous. As well as an arena where we can express our true selves, bad or good, HubPages is now, my favorite place to be.

I didn't say that to make points with our hub monitors. Editors. And managers. I wanted to tell you the truth about how I feel about being a member of HubPages.

Personally. And honestly. I've been blessed. I mean blessed. To the extremes of not deserving such blessings as the enjoyment of sitting at my PC writing various tales about my past. Personal. And present life. It's fun. Exciting. And something I look forward to each morning.

Again. Personally. And honestly. I'm sick. Physically-speaking. I may have mentioned in passing to some of my followers, that I have what was diagnosed in 2002 as Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neuropathy. I know. These words sound like words in a Quantum Physics equation. I only wish. Allow me, rather, humor me for a moment to explain what these diseases do and how they feel.

  1. ACCELERATED FIBROMYALGIA - attacks the nerve-endings. Muscles. Joints. And feels comparable to having an abscess tooth. Bruise. Or migraine headache around the clock. That's it in a nutshell. This affliction is incurable. I can only treat the symptoms. For this disease, I travel to nearby Tupelo, Mississippi, to a place called the Long Town Pain Clinic, every three months to get put to sleep while a Dr. Thompson shoots my spine with heavy-gauge painkillers. It helps. But wears off in the next few months.
  2. NEUROPATHY - is also taking its toll on my nerve-endings. Doctors in 2002 say that the nerves in my body have been permanently-damaged. Yes, more pain. In my feet. Knees. Elbows. And back. Plain. Simple. And very painful.

I take needed-medications everyday. Some for pain. Some for the damage these two diseases have caused to my mental state. Don't laugh. It works like this. One day you are active. Outgoing. Doing pretty much what you please. Then out of the blue, you're brought to your knees by these two diseases that I call, "schoolyard bullies." They harass me all of the time. And time was, I ran scared--trying to find safety. Not anymore. I just stand my ground. And say without any personal caution, "come on! Is that all you got?" These verbal cadences help. Even for a fleeing moment. The do help.

One more time. Personally. And honestly. I did not elaborate on these physical obstacles to gain your sympathy. Pity. Or a pat on the back. I do not roll that way. I would love to be thought of as someone who cares for those around me. Not a narcissist who loves his image in every mirror he sees. Actually, I hate narcissism.

I just feel that I have to talk to you honestly.

In the past seven months, I have been blessed with many, many wonderful followers. People whom I may never meet on a personal basis. Face-to-face. But I feel as if we are friends. Good friends. Friends who, if needed, would be at each other's sides if it took it. In a word. GENUINE. That best-describes MY LIST OF FOLLOWERS.

I cannot list all of my wonderful followers here right now. I do not have the space. And many of my followers may not want their names published. Not that they might be ashamed, but that they might appreciate me respecting their rights to privacy. And that I do gladly.

Since this past Tuesday, December 6, I have tried hard to get on each of my follower's websites and read a few of their hubs. I said tried, for I spent the better part of that Tuesday and most of Wednesday, December 7, searching. Reading hubs from some of the most-amazing writers I have ever been blessed to meet. That is the truth. Even with my 23-years background in the local newspaper business (in my hometown), I never met this many talented people in my life. Writers who, with the ease of floating down the Mississippi on a raft, write beautiful works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, how-to, how not-to and various creative stories that feed the heart. Soul. And imagination.

I've said it to some on my follower's list. And I will say it again now. "I have THE BEST FOLLOWERS on the entire HubPages website." This is in no way a bad reflection on your followers list. I am very biased. Territorial. I love my followers. Plain and simple. Cut and dried.

But now I am faced with a burden that I will have to bear. I may be forced to slow down and pace myself accordingly with my hub-writing. An area that I find VERY REWARDING. You see. In colder weather, both the Acclerated Fibromyalgia and Neuropathy grow worse. The pain increases. And I am not able to sit upright for long period of time. This doesn't mean that I am down and out. Just having to slow down until warm weather. "Hurry, spring time!"

I am also faced with a much-heavier burden. The burden of ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS thinking that because I haven't read some of your amazing works that would rival those of Hemingway, that I am taking you for granted. No way. Not for love. Money. Or power.

I started a 'thread' night before last hoping it would be seen and read by most of my loving followers. And it worked. But with this hub, I want ALL of YOU who make up my FOLLOWERS list to not only realize, but KNOW in your hearts that . . .

"I sincerely APPRECIATE YOU everyone. And am so GRATEFUL to have YOU following me. I do not deserve such warm and caring friends as those on my Followers List. At the risk of sounding out-dated, "thank God," for you all who have commented. Supported. Advised. Counseled. And let me lean on you for the past seven months."

"And I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE for NOT reading ALL of your hubs. I messed up. I won't let myself be this negligent again."

"It is my deepest desire that All of my VALUED FOLLOWERS have the Best Christmas ever. And a Peace-FILLED New Year." "Love each other. Even the stranger on the street corner."

"Life, my good friends, both on and off of my Followers List, is short. So very short. Here for a moment. Gone in a breath." "Please, for me, take the time. Make the effort. To be the difference in someone's life."

Sincerely,

and With Much Love and Appreciation,



KENNETH AVERY

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pinkish 5 years ago

Hi Kenneth, I just want to let you know that it's been a pleasure to be one of your follower. Although I rarely comment, I read some of your hubs. Have a blessed Merry Christmas! :)


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

I'd like to keep this one simple -

prayers, thoughts, hope and peace

May you be blessed today and always


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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

Hi Kenneth - I have heard of Fibromyalgia and know that it is incurable and painful. You say in your hub that you wish that you could write something funny - well, right now I wish that I could write something comforting, but the best I can do is send my good wishes to you.

Take it easy Kenneth, look after yourself, all my thoughts are with you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi, Kenneth,

Here's an article that might be useful:

http://hubpages.com/health/Coping-With-Pain-Using-...

Also, my wife and I have had good success coping with pain via hypnosis.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

pinkish....I am NOT leaving. And YOU can still follow me. I am just cutting back on writing maybe to one hub every week or maybe every two weeks. DO NOT leave me. I hope that my hub explained that. But I am sorry that I havent read your hubs. And I thank YOU for reading some of mine. Merry Christmas. KENNETH


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

missolive....thank you kindly for the warm thoughts, prayers and wishes. YOU are a truly GOOD girl. And I not only want, but pray the BEST for you and yours. KENNETH


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

As with everyone else I'm sure, it's a pleasure to be following you. You doubt your sense of humor, but it's definitely there! =]

I wish that I could buy you a hot tub with some joint & muscle therapy salts to soak in!!! You deserve it!

I hope that the holidays treat you well, and that you are able to continue your writing as much as possible!!

Best of luck to you, my friend!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Judi....thank you, dear friend, for the thought. Warm. Caring. Real. Made my evening. And one day SOON, I will have a funny hub....HINT: Jennifer Love Hewitt. Thanks again and have a wonderful Christmas. KENNETH


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Will, and I sincerely Thank YOU for the warm comment and needed-link. I will check it out and I WILL STILL BE AROUND ON HUBS---READING, keeping up with you guys and hey, IM NOT finished with writing. NOT YET.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dear Veronica...."Thank you so much for the sweet comment. YOU can still follow me. I am NOT leaving Hubs. I am just slowing down some. Thats all. I did think awhile ago that maybe my best hubbing will come when I am really medicated with the stuff I am taking. What an idea. Merry Christmas, Vernonica. And stay in touch." Kenneth


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Kenneth, I wish I could say something to take away your pain. I wish there was something you could take to take away the pain. I can only imagine what you're going through and my heart and thoughts go out to you. Take care and I hope that you have a Merry Christmas. Take care my friend and remember we are all here for you.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thanks, Just Ask Susan....I will NOT be off of hubs, just slowing down. There might be an outside chance that some days, I may need to just rest, but I am like a bull, I can be stubborn too when it comes to giving in to these "beasts" that make me hurt. And you never know. I might pop in to your place and check YOUR hubs. Merry Christmas to you and yours. KENNETH


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laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

Kenneth, I think one of the reasons you have quickly become my favorite person on Hubpages is the fact that you geniunely care about and encourage everyone else! I am very glad to follow you on Hubpages, and very sad to hear about your suffering! Take care, and Merry Christmas!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Kenneth--I read your hub when it first appeared but didn't want to be the first to comment. haha--I just didn't know what to say. Plus, we have talked some on my own hub about your condition and your wanting to reach out to your hub friends. I'm sure that all or most of your followers already knew your heart and intent before you wrote this hub. Your true spirit comes through in your comments and interactions with others. Rest when you need to, write when you can, and your followers will still be with you. I'll see you soon on here, my friend.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

laurathegentleman...Thank YOU VERY, VERY MUCH for the nice comment. YOU and all my followers cannot imagine HOW MUCH I care for ALL OF YOU! I wish I were a wealthy man and could fly you all to Miami Beach and we would all have THE BIGGEST and MOST-SOBER party of all time. And I DO care for all of you for YOU are ALL my TRUE FRIENDS. Thanks, Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

This, the comment to Laura, APPLIES TO YOU, VICTORIA. I not only admire YOU and my followers for over-shadowing my writing, that is wonderful. I love to FOLLOW YOU ALL too, but I love you all with the pure love of Christ. I will rest, Victoria. And I AM NOT leaving. Quitting. Just coping. And I hope that pinkish doesn think Im bailing. No way. I care for you all TOO MUCH to do that. Have a safe weekend, Victoria.

KENNETH


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marriedwithdebt 5 years ago from Illinois

Though the Internet often seems like an anonymous and soulless place, I am often amazed at how easy it is to tell who the truly genuine and kind people are, simply through their words and actions. Though I only started following you yesterday, I can tell you are a person of kindness, respect and optimism. It is a pleasure to be one of your followers.


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I know I am new to the HUB BUT I think you are so kind and thank you for sharing. and know you are in my prayers. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I have Fibromyalgia too. so I know how you feel. the pain gets so bad that sometimes I do not get out of bed for three days. My thoughts are with you and thank you for being so bold to share with us.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Kenneth, I hope you feel better. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this pain right now, I truly am. Just take care of yourself now, that's all that matters. If you need to back off HP for a while, we'll be here when you get back.

I've only just had the fortune to meet you, but you add such a welcome light to this site. If the world were filled with more Kenneth Avery's, what a wonderful world it would be. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

~Laura


oldandwise 5 years ago

Kenneth, you were the first hp writer to welcome me to Hp. I see you as a friend, and wish you only the best. My gut feeling after reading this hub can be summed up as such. You're a loveable guy, great friend, and tougher then an alligator baggy! I look forward to reading many more of your hubs and adventures!


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cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

Thank you Kenneth

I wish you well during the winter months and I hope you will be back up to speed in no time!


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I'm so sorry to hear that you have fibromyalgia and neuropathy. My mom suffers from neuropathy as a result of chemo, so I can only imagine what you're going through. Thank you as well for being a great follower of me and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)!


Sueswan 5 years ago

My Dearest Kenneth

You are one of the most kindest and caring human beings I know. I appreciate your friendship more than I can say.

I wish I could take away the pain.

If you need someone to lean on, I am here.

You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Care


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

marriedwithdebt...."Sincerely, thank you, my friend, for this and ALL of your kind thoughts and words that DO touch me more than you can imagine. Yes, the net does not evolve itself with ice and harsh vibes, but as in YOUR case and Every FOLLOWER whom Ive been blessed with...YOU are ALL so GENUINELY kind, nice, truthful and REAL! I could NOT find a nicer "net family," that YOU all.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Deborah,

I didnt know that. I am very sorry that you also suffer from this junk, this beast without a soul, Fibromyalgia. All I can do is stay with my Maker, close as I can, and face this thing each day and try not to run. If you need me, I am as close as my PC.

Kenneth and thanks again!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, wordscribe, this is so kind of you to say. I am so GLAD that I am blessed with YOU and ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS whom I will NOT desert. I am going to fire-up my DELL each day and see what you guys are doing. And who knows? I might, according to my health and some warm days...get a new hub online...I am making that my goal.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, oldandwise...And I do want YOU to be welcome and feel at home with me and others on and off of my Followers List. That is the right thing to do. Be nice to fellow writers who are REAL. And oldandwise...I seriously doubt that you are OLD, but very wise.

Good evening to you.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, cre8ivOne...thank YOU humbly. I will try to endure winter...I am tougher than Fibro and Neuropathy think. I will check on YOU from time to time and like I said....I am FAR from gone.

Have a safe night.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Alecia...tell you mom that she is in my thoughts and prayers. As well as you. And it is MY PLEASURE to know you, Alecia. YOU are a truly-genuine friend. Thank you for all of your concern and kindness. Merriest of Christmas Days to you.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

MY DEAREST SUSAN . . .what can I say? Or how can I express, in words, MY thanks to YOU, one of my first followers, for ALL that YOU have, and are, to me now. Truth is, I cant. I get stuck when my logic meets my emotions. And my logic caves in. Leaving only my emotion to speak.

I WILL call on you IF I need to lean on someone. I mean it. And I WILL NOT bail on YOU or any of MY VALUED friends/followers.

And YOU and YOURS, be safe. And Have a Merry Christmas.

Fondly, KENNETH


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Kenneth,

I think that onry spirit will get you through anything. You were one of the first people I met here and the one to give me the most belly laughs on this site. Don't worry about responding or commenting, I understand 100%. I wish you a Merry Christmas, lots of rest, stay onry, and my thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Tammy....may I call you Tammy? I sure aint gonna call you Bob! Seriously, thank YOU so much for the nice comment. I mean it. And I was, and am, so GLAD that you are on my Followers List and I consider YOU a true talent with a razor-sharp wit. And lots of class. I will get around to YOUR hubs...as the Good Songs hub...Loved that one, and see what else you have. But Tammy, Please have a Merry Christmas. For me. Okay?


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Kenneth, my dear friend, your message touches my heart and I'm thinking how wonderful it is for someone to simply pour out a loving spirit of appreciation and genuine heartfelt joy to others.

How sad that there are those for whom it seems natural to spit out negativity. Either attitude arises from the spirit within the person. Recipients of either kind of expressions of the other's spirit will surely feel either the spark of the shared joy or the smudge of the negativity of the other person , but it is the one who expresses either attitude who is either deeply benefitted or damaged by it more than anyone else.

Your positivity, courage, kindness and care for others is surely the best treatment even for the pain and anguish of your afflictions, and the best reward for a life being lived in the light rather than shrinking in darkness. You're an inspiration and a joy to know, Kenneth Avery.

If you need to cut back on your online activity, we will understand and be looking forward to warm weather when you'll hopefully be more comfortable and able to participate! Maybe you can stop by and read some of your followers hubs, even if not quite up to commenting. We'll know you're there and will be sending our love and best wishes for your improvement and for you and yours to have a lovely Christmas and Happy 2012.

Hugs - Nellieanna


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pinkish 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth, I will still follow you and I know you'll not leaving HubPages.

Take care! :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Kenneth, take care! I may see a bit less of you round these parts but I will still be thinking about you. Let's hope research helps to find a cure or better pain relief from these 2 cruel illnesses. You inspire and encourage all of your followers and we love you for it. I'm sending good British vibes across the Atlantic in your direction mate.


jenubouka 4 years ago

I'm rooting for you Kenneth! You always are positive and have wonderful things to write and comment!

Hopes to a Merry and Happy Holidays!!


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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth, that's sad to hear and I hope everything does go well.

BTW you forgot to mention in your intro that a few followers are students - just as me (Just joking)

Thanks for all the help, encouragement and engaging comments that you left me in the last 3 days since we know each other. I'll be looking forward to your future hubs.

Regards

Brandon


Giselle Maine 4 years ago

Kenneth, thanks for your up-front and honest description of what is going on. I had no idea you suffered from these diseases as I have only been following for a few months now. Also, none of your pain seems to come out into your hubs (unless you are specifically talking about it like you are here). I had not thought about the effect of cold weather on your medical condition but after reading your hub I can see how it would be necessary to have to slow down on the writing during winter. I hope that things go as well as possible for you. As ever, I look forward to reading your work.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Dear Kenneth-- I've enjoyed being your follower so much and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Don't ever feel you must read every hub or apologize for not doing so. I never get to everyone's hubs-- if I did I'd never get anything else done:-) and I totally understand about hubpages sabbaticals-- I've had a few of those myself. We'll be when you feel like stepping up your writing again and meantime, blessings on you and Merry Christmas


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Megavitamin 4 years ago

Take care of yourself, Kenneth! Looking forward to reading your hubs in the future, even if they are less frequent :0)


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carolyn a. ridge 4 years ago

Ken, if anyone knows your situation, you know that I know. But I love your spirit; God has given you a test, and HE's watching your scores and answers. Thank you for explaining, and not whining. You may be an unsung comedian, but there is wisdom in your words. Just keep doing what you're doing. We sing a song in my church: "I pray for you; you pray for me; and watch GOD change things." What a powerful motivator. Keep the faith !! Hub when you can; when you cannot, oh well, it is WHAT IT IS !!


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carolp 4 years ago from Switzerland

Hi Kenneth!!!this is a nice hub you made and i appreciate your real emotions. I know how terrible it is suffering from pain and i wish and pray for your health. A daily intake of fix pain reliever can help or find a way to ignore it perhaps by writing about it. There is always a better moment, time or day.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Your HUB touched my heart -- you're hereafter included in all my prayers. Best to you, my friend. Sis


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I just want to send you my best wishes kenneth, I hope you have a lovely Christmas and thank you for sharing this hub, my thoughts and prayers are with you, MM


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Krnneth thank you for your hubs. I don't know if you have tried massage therapy or a chiropractor but it is this method of therapy along with vitamins and herbs that has kept me going for the last 25 years. Lots of prayer from here.


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Katharella 4 years ago from Lost in America

A "Marvelous" hub, from a "Marvelous" person! *smirk*

As a person who also suffers chronic pain, and the trials of pain killers (isn't that an oxymoron pain-killers? No wait, oxy-moron IS an oxymoron word, nevermind:) ANYway, I mean they don't kill it, cos it comes back! I must make note for a name change "Pain-faked you out cos I'll be backers." NOTED! Kenneth, your real friends will be here, as you know when you cannot be. Your real friends take you for who you are, and who you aren't. Your real friends are the ones who will have you in mind when you're not there. Your real friends will wait until you.. say publish the hub with the clown picture hehe! :) Your real friends who also understand physical pain, will not do anything to hinder the mental pain that comes with physical pain.

Just an FYI, on the days you're not moving much. Recliners with arms that can hold a laptop rather than you holding it, will allow you to be covered, maybe with a heating blanket, a cordless mouse that can work on the other arm, will allow you to point & click and read without much movement. As I type this I only moved my laptop over until I hit "post", then laptop goes back to it's home on the arm of my recliner, and I can be motionless until I can move about, click my way through my endeavors online, and not have the "I didn't achieve anything today" and finish my research on.. well stuff- cos I'm trying to keep the younger generation from putting themselves at risk of cancer. Another evil that rears it's ugly head. Someone once said, um, something about prevention is marvelous when cure already broke your toes or something to that effect. *silly grin* Merry Kissmas and I love Jennifer Lovely Hewitt too.. I'm sure not in the same way, but still, a pretty - smart/savvy business woman! {{hugzz}} (haha I wrote a book to those who are bothered by it!) *sly grin*


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Hi Kenneth, I will still be here and continue to follow. It is almost impossible to read and comment on everything and everyone so I definitely understand. My best wishes and take care!

Tina


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toys-everywhere 4 years ago from That little rambunctious spot in the back of your mind :)

Hello Kenneth...I completely understand as to the winter season's output of pain; I have fibromyalgia as well, and have, of late, been waking up feeling as though I had gotten crushed several times by a Mac truck! Although this has not dampened my affection for winter, I find myself sleeping a lot more than usual...and limping, of all things. But I appreciate your love for being on HP, and I don't think you have to worry so much about reading EVERYthing... : D

- Rachael

P.S. I WISH I could find the time to write as much as you!!! = ' (


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mandyf 4 years ago

Chin up chum! BEAUTIFUL HUB AND FULL OF HEART! May you continually be blessed with the ability to speak such kind words and may you always have the art of thankfulness ! I am so glad you choose to not let fibromyalgia and neuropathy get you down, as I am blessed with MS. I say blessed because MS has taught me that life is about choices and to appreciate so many things in life I once took for granted. You are a wonderful writer and so very articulte and as I read your hubs I am always astounded and mezmerised (spelled wrong to lazy to correct) by your talent!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Such a beautiful article straight from the heart Kenneth. We all can learn a valuable lesson from you as we think about all the people on this site that inspire us and are truly friends. I honestly wish the best in your fight and I am sure your positive side will pull you through. There are many that think the world of you. You are a great writer and loyal friend to many Kenneth. This is just another example of that.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/13/2011

Hi, Nellieanna . . ."I appreciate, so much, your uplifting comment. And I will take your advice, thoughts and words to heart. No one, not even Our Lord Jesus, said that life was going to be fair. So with these "minor" obstacles, who think they are giants, I will have to adapt the David and Goliath approach with me as David. Just pray that I can find the correct stones. Bless you, Nellie. And may This Christmas and New Year be YOUR BEST.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, pinkish,

that is great to know--that you will still follow me. Today, the sun is out--Dec. 13, and I am so glad for I am sitting in the rays that are seeping in my blinds where I do my work. The sun is so warm that I wish I were out in it. Anyway, thanks, pinkish, for all of your sweet support and just being there helps me trememdously. You have a wonderful Christmas.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Warmest of Greetings, Jools, and a warm THANK YOU for the super-comment. I smiled as I read your words. Like I have stated more than once..."I have The BEST Followers anywhere on HubPages," and I stand by that statement in any challenge. Thanks, Jools and you, who are so far away, take heart in knowing that "I" WIll always be here for YOU if you ever need me. Sincerely, Kenneth, and please have a Merry Christmas. One that you will remember for years to come.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jenubouka! Thank YOU very MUCH for the sweet thoughts. I need 'rooting' for, but not as much as our homeless people. And the children in St. Jude's. These two groups of people, for some reason, have been more on my mind this year than ever before. Jen, thanks so much and YOU take care of YOU, for me. Merry Christmas!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Brandon, or lobobrandon, I simply forgot. But for THE students on my Followers List who are students sucha as my friend, Brandon, I am thankful to be associated with such bright and talented boys and girls. Maybe a bit of your wisdom will rub off on me. LOL. Merry Christmas, my friend.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dear Giselle, who is so talented, humble and friendly, thank you kindly for your sweet thoughts. I will always remember YOU WERE THE ONE who taught me about blue and gray comment boxes. What a super-friend you are, Giselle. And I ask that you NEVER stray from the warm, personable, girl that you are now. Okay? And I will BE BACK sooner than you all think. I just need a little time to regroup. Merry Christmas, Giselle, to you and yours. I will be thinking of you.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

robie2...thank you, DEAR friend. And follower. I appreciate your understanding. This is is why you are such a popular writer and hubber. I hope to learn from you in the near future. You have a safe and Merry Christmas and I will be back very soon. Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, megavitamin, and I THANK YOU from the heart, for your nice comment that cheered me up. You are a terrific hubwriter, follower and friend. Do NOT forget that. And again, thanks for thinking of me. God bless you richly.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Carolyn, thanks so much for such a warm comment. That is not a surprise since YOU have a WARM heart. That, I know. You are a tremendous friend and follower whom I appreciate, like ALL of my followers. Wish I had the wealth to send you all a New SUV! And a three-week cruise to Club Med. And that would be only the beginning. Take it easy, my friend. Merry Christmas.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Carol, and you are right. There is a better day and better moments out there. I have to just be patient and wait for them. Thanks for the sweet comment. This has already been a wonderful Tuesday, Dec. 13, due to your comments and those of some of my followers. What a great gang of people, my followers.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Angela, "Thanks so very much and I mean it," for the wonderful remarks. I appreciate that a lot and the prayers also. MY FOLLOWERS, and I am telling the world, are THE BEST people on the face of the earth. Bar none. Merry Christmas to you, your families, and friends. Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear Movie Master! How are you today? Hopefully, you are good, happy and productive. Thanks so much for your warm wishes that mean so much to me. I will remember those words in the days to come. I only wish I had the resources to repay you. Thanks again.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, mljdgulley, no, I havent tried massage therapy or chiropractic, but I do take vitamins on a daily basis. I know a massage therapist nearby whom I might call on if this pain gets worse. Thanks for the wise tips. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

(points at you) Hello, Katharella! This was a super-good comment. Thanks so much. And I have thought at times that painkillers were really pain-producers made by a conspiracy of major pharmeceutical firms and the Federal Government. LOL. What a book that would make. Tom Cruise or Bruce Willis, could be the guy suffering from an incurable pain who finds out the SECRET behind painkillers. (winks at you) Have you ever written a screenplay? You give wonderful directions in your comments. I LOVE 'EM! And )(huggzzzz) to you too, Katharella, what a great hubwriter/friend you are. Colorful, interesting and very touching spirit. Thanks from the heart. I will keep your advice in mind. And now wish for you and yours, a Merry Christmas and Safe 2012.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

toys-everywhere/Rachael...you are very, very kind to me. That is such a blessing. I love you and ALL Of my followers and I live with the realization that I may not ever meet any of you in-person, but somehow, those little details arent important. God has given me such wonderful hubbers to accent my life with peace, wisdom, laughter and needed-serious verbiage. All in all, YOU are a Fantastic group of people. And I pray that you have a Safe, Sane and Happy Christmas and a PEACEfilled New Year.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, thoughtforce! I am very GLAD that you will be here. I will be on hubs daily if only reading your hubs. I have two hubs in storage, but not written them yet. I want these two to be really memorable. And I wish for you and yours, peace, love, laughter, sanity and joy this Christmas. And a PeaceFILLED New Year.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Mandy, hello. Welcome to a RARE moment: Me being serious. This may not happen again for a long time. (thank you kindly for your sweet and caring comment. It meant a lot to me. And I never realized that you had MS. I am so sorry. You will be in my prayers. Don't laugh. I have influence with God. And I will use it to make sure that YOU, my friend, are blessed. Why didnt you tell me this? I guess you have your reasons. But Im here for you, Mandy. Know that. And thanks for following me and my hub adventures--and NO camping for this man today. Or any day. Merry Christmas. And a Safe New Year. See ya' sooner than you think, for I was the one who taught Santa how to be stealthy.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, thelyricwriter, and your comment is similar to a lovely lyric in a best-selling song--warm, caring, and very-touching. What a wonderful person you are. And what a fantastic talent you have. I am so glad that YOU and ALL Of My Followers are in my world...just just a part, but a HUGE part of the world in which I abide. YOU ALL make life so interesting, challenging and funny. All the ingredients of a well-balanced life. God bless. Have a Merry Christmas, lyricwriter and a great New Year!!!!


V Qisya 4 years ago

Hi, Kenneth!

Hope you're feeling better today :D My prayers are with you. Take care, Ken.

Love, V


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, DEAREST "V," thank you for the sweet, sweet email. Im getting to sit in the sun today. The sunbeams are trickling through my blinds where I work at my PC. "V," you are a very caring and special girl for sending this to me. And I thank YOU for your thoughts and prayers. YOU take care also and enjoy life to the fullest. I WILL surprise YOU one day with an email and share more with you. Take it easy and thanks again. Love you too, Kenneth


jenubouka 4 years ago

:) Hugs and Kisses for all.


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Momma Mia 4 years ago from North Carolina

:) So happy you wrote this... as you can see you do have true friends here at Hubpages! Thank you for the mention but so sure you would have thought of this on your very own!

Do I ever understand your wish for the spring time as I also have a very tuff time in winter.

My prayers are still with you my friend and will continue them! You are an awesome guy !

lots of love and prayers to ya :)

Mia


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/13 @ 4:17 p.m./cst

jenubouka, :) kisses and hugs to you too. What a wonderful hub-friend you are! Thanks from the heart.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Mia, in answer to your question, "no, I wouldn't have thought to write this for knowing me, I am not a 'maverick' writer or person--one who takes chances. I kinda sit on the sidelines and maybe let a bolt of wisdom hit me and dear Mia, it did. In your idea of doing this for My MUCH-LOVED followers...including YOU! Yes, I have a terrible bout with Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothapy in cold weather...I detest going outside, but many times I do to take out the trash, but I have to lay down afterwards to gain my strength back. But this isnt a 'pity party,' but a SINCERE THANKS TO YOU, MIA, for the sweet comment and brilliant idea. Merry Christmas My Dear Friend and Follower. In that order. (KENNETH)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I am going to pray for your healing and comfort, Mr. Avery. You are a fine presence here on HubPages. You are appreciated and loved. Thank you for this lovely, heart-filled Hub.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, James. Thank you so much for this warm, caring comment. I appreciate you for writing this. I want to state again, I am NOT LEAVING hubpages, just slowing down a bit. In fact, I am going to work on a new hub here in a little while when I get all of the materials organized. And I appreciate YOU, James, an excellent writer, friend and follower. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas.


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Lee B 4 years ago from New Mexico

I've so enjoyed reading your hubs, Kenneth, and I'm so sorry that you will have to cut back on "hubbing." I certainly appreciate all the time and energy you put both into your own hubs and reading and commenting on other people's hubs. Please take care of yourself!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/14, Lee B., thank you so much, dear-heart, for your kind comments. I appreciate it so much. In fact, I have just finished a hub and published it about being busted dining with Jennifer Love Hewitt, a piece I had planned to do before my health got worse...I hate to leave this half-done. Do you? Anyway. Now I can rest a little. And Lee, YOU have a Merry Christmas and I WILL NOT be leaving you or my friends on Hubs. I will be here reading or doing research. Take care. Love, Kenneth


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Amber Allen 4 years ago

Dear Kenneth

I knew that you were not in the best of health but I had no idea how serious your illness was. You have the love and support of all your followers here on HubPages because you have touched us all with your writing and comments which come from your heart. Try to visualize our love and support as a warming energy flowing through your body. Even if this doesn't help with the pain it will remind you that we are there for you.

With best wishes for Christmas which will hopefully be followed by a very early Spring.

Amber:)x


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Kenneth I've not been a follower until today. I have a friend with Fibromyalgia and I know she suffers terribly not only with pain but with depression due to lack of sleep and frustration at not been able to do all the things she used to including her job as an engineer. I empathize with your plight and pray that some relief my be found either through medical research or your own. Best wishes for Christmas and I'll pray for a soon return to the warmer weather.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/14

DEAR AMBER: "Thanks so much, Dear Friend, for your caring comments that touched my heart. I needed a lift tonight. I did publish a new hub today that took me forever to finish. But now, I can rest up some. Thanks again, Amber for being such a Wonderful friend and follower. The same goes for you. If I can EVER be of help to you, or ANY of my Followers, including TERESA COPPENS, Im as near as hubs." With care, KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/14

Hi, Teresa and firstly, THANK YOU HUMBLY, for the following. I sincerely appreciate that. More than you can imagine. I LOVE making new friends/followers and keeping them happy. I KNOW exactly what your friend faces everyday...the depression from being attacked from lack of sleep, barbaric pain, frustration at having to limit your days, and just watching your life ease away. Tell her I am praying for her. Only God Himself can help. Listen. I take this moment to Wish YOU and YOURS, a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year. I will be on and off of hubs, but NOT GONE. In fact. I have the artwork for two more new hubs. That will take me some time to focus on those items and not the pain. Good night, Teresa and Bless YOU.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Kenneth- So sorry to hear about your pain anddiseases; I know they are serious. (my father had severe neuropathy and a friend at work struggles with fibromylagia). Thank you for speaking to us openly and honestly, as the friends we are. We would have worried if we suddenly saw very few Hubs from you. I am glad to know that you are cutting back for the time being as opposed to leaving. We will all be praying and hoping for an early and warm spring. Your kindness and enthusiasm and concern for each of us is deeply appreciated. Take good care of yourself. Theresa


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

God Bless Kenneth. I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your work. I'll know then you're coping better. It's turning out to be a mild winter so far in my area of Canada. I'll pray for a mild winter where you are!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, phdast7...how are you? Long time since we talked. Thank you for the sincere thoughts and comment. No, I am NOT leaving HubPages, my all-time favorite place, besides an all-you-can-eat buffet. LOL! I love my Followers. And cherish each one of you. Facebook is fine, but with HubPages there is more room to express yourself to those you care about. And get to write stories too. HubPages is hard to beat. Thanks again and Merry Christmas. Kenneth


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

I feel for ya Kenneth and I hope you are in best of spirits over the cold months-thinks warm, right? It sucks being a human barometer, I can relate. I have spinal stenosis, and while I am in no way comparing us,for yours is much more serious and devastating than mine, my body detests the winter-but my brain loves it. I practically sit on the wood burning stove as I type. Stay warm, get some rest and we'll look forward to your every post, albeit not as often. You are a fantastic funny honest guy and I probably wouldn't have stayed on writing about mi'ces without your enthusiasm. Thanks for that, I really, really, really needed that. Merry Christmas.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/16/2011

The-BestMouseTrap...listen, my dear friend. YOU are a super-talented girl and I meant every word Ive ever written to you about your talent and your hubs being wonderful. I enjoy making my friends, YES, YOU are included, happy. It, Ive found, never hurts to place someone else ahead of "me," in the happiness area. I love your takes on mice. Although cute, they are deadly too. And can talk your head off...ooops, I should not have said that. The mouse I was arguing with last night made me swear to never squeal...sorry, what a cheap-O line. I am NOT leaving Hubs. I am only slowing down. Some. Wy' today...I managed to finish two hubs that I had on the 'back burner,' whatever that is. Now I can take some EZ time and do as your suggest...rest and enjoy the warmth and endure Winter...I cannot sing...Old Man Winn--terrr, oh, sorry. That's Old Man River. Im too spent to sing. You have a great weekend and I am going to check on YOU often. I promise.


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hi, Kenneth.

We just meet and I don't know you yet, but judging from this hub and the way our hubbers friends responded to it, also from your warm welcome greeting to me at comment capsule, I know you are someone I can proudly call friend. Thank you for being you and please, take your time to rest if you need to. I'm sure we all love it when our works get visit from you, but I also sure we will be happier knowing that you are in good condition. So don't pushed yourself too hard.

Have a nice day there.

Freya


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/17, in the sunny afternoon

Dear Freya...thank you sincerely for your sweet and friendly comment. I LOVE my followers as if they were family. And they are. To me. YOU included. We are only here in life a short time and I wanted to make as many people my friends as possible and maybe make them happy for a while. You included. You are a good soul, Freya. I sense that. And appreciate that. You too have a peaceful day where you live.


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mariale2003 4 years ago

You are my hero!!!...For me it was a gift to become part of your hubfamily!!! You have a lot to teach us and is a pleasure to read you everytime you show yourself here...HAVE A GREAT CRISTMAS!!!! Keep showing us "anything is posible"...TONS OF BLESSING!!!!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

December 19, 2011

Dearest Mariale...what a sweet comment! Thank YOU! Very much. This is the nicest thing anyone has said to be in a long time. I am moved by your warmth. And you say I have a lot to teach....well, I am no teacher, just a banged-up, beaten-down student of life who is still learning how to roll with the punches, but I will share with YOU, the good and bad experiences Ive had. And yes, anything is possible. Thanks for reminding me. And YOU have a Very Merry Christmas. And Tons of Blessings on you and yours too! Thanks again.


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Theeyeballkid 4 years ago

This is a brave hub, you keep on battling Kenneth, you have a lot of good people looking out for you. Take good care and thanks for all that you do.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

eyeballkid...that is very humbling what you said. Thank you so much. I would lie and say that I'm great, but where I live, it's now raining and supposed to rain through Christmas Day and turn cold..these conditions are NOT suitable for Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurohapy...oh, the diseases love it, for they can gain strength and bring me down, but with prayers, and just KNOWING people like you and those on my followers list, somehow that helps a lot too. Merry Christmas, my friend. And You take care and keep those great hubs coming. People love your work also.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Kenneth,

So glad to follow you, too. I hope this comment finds you on a steak of pain-free days and that you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I should say I feel all warm and fuzzy that you're so profusely thanking your followers. I've barely pushed the button and already I feel welcome. You are too kind. You are a kind soul that deserves great things. May 2012 bring you great things!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/22

Dear ccligirl..."a Sincere THANK YOU, from the heart, for your warm and caring comment." "Ive had a rough three days--with the cold snaps, rain, two things my Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurohopy cannot stand. They act up severely. But having friends/followers such as YOURSELF, does make a world of difference. I cannot aptly repay you for such a sweet comment except to say again, "thank you," from an appreciative man who is grateful to even be able to type. Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy 2012, to you too, ccligirl!" Your friend for life, Kenneth


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Oops, haha...that first line in my first comment should have said, "streak of pain-free days", but hey, maybe you're enjoying some "steak", too. Heck, you deserve whatever plate of food you want this holiday season. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Kenneth,

Knowing the health problems you have, I was deeply honored that you took the time today to send me such a beautiful piece of fan mail.

Thank you.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear ccligirl...I did notice that word, smiled, and dreamed of a juicy T-bone, baked potato, salad and slice of apple pie. Thank you, cc, for the sweet comment. And very sweet dream. Bless you LOTS!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Daisy, (seriously), I meant to send you that piece of mail because it IS TRUE. All of it. You are a terrific person. Writer. And wonderful presence on HubPages as well as a positive inspiration for me. I could go on. I sincerely thank you for this comment. And being so nice to me. God looked down through time eons back and knew that I needed a Daisy. So here you are. Be good and have a wonderful Christmas.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

PS:A @ cclitgirl....YOU have a Merry Christmas also. Sometimes Im too human for my own good. Here I am handing out Merry Christmas wishes for people and suddenly forgot if I said Merry Christmas to you or not. In case I screwed up, Merry Christmas, my dear fiend, cclitgirl. Kenneth


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Reality, honesty, courage, are visible in your hub, Kenneth, and that means they are visible in YOU! Blessings as you continue your fight with your pain.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/25, late at night

Hi and Thank YOU so MUCH, Frogy! I appreciate YOU very much. Will do that. And do it as long as I draw breath. Happy New Year to you and I am NOT GONE. Not by a long shot. Thanks, Kenneth


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

I can feel your pain -- literally. Though I have been fortunate these past two years, I have had fibro since 2001, after radiation therapy. At its worst, my husband had to help me out of bed and, at times, I could barely walk for the pain in my feet. I have learned to "control" mine -- to a point. That is, I have found, over the years, that there are certain things that trigger mine and I try hard not to push myself to "just finish that last bit," etc. That has kept the flare-ups to a minimum. I also have neuropathy, though not even close to the extent that you suffer from it. My heart goes out to you for your pain and suffering. Your positivity and great humor is amazing under the circumstances. May God bless you with better health in the new year.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/26

Dear Connie, I'm sorry. I didn't know about what you were suffering. You should have said something to me earlier and we could, well we still can, support each other. And Im positive that your fibro and neuropathy is as bad, maybe worse than mine. I sense that you are a quiet-spoken girl and don't want to burden others with your pain. I don't. And you are right. Last night it was drizzing cold rain, but it was my job to stand in the carport and bag up all the gift boxes, torn paper that our grandkids gifts were once in....and it took six bags to hold the aftermath...and some boxes too. By the time I had finished...I was breathing to hard, sweating profusely in the cold night air, that I was in...I thought my back and neck, joints were going to burst. I just had, as you put it, to get that last bit done. You have opened my eyes, Connie. I think today I will just do what I can. And again, my dear friend, Connie, do not ever hesitate to tell me about your pain. It helps me to talk to someone who HAS the diseases....people who dont, well, God bless 'em, cannot understand. Thanks for your comment. And cheering up. Have a Happy 2012 and I will keep you in my prayer list./////Sincerely, Kenneth


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Kenneth - I just slowed down a bit myself so I decided to pay a visit:). I am glad to be a fan and follower - sorry to know you are dealing with these issues but I am glad you can see how much people care about you!


myrtle mckinley 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

Reading this hub brought tears to my eyes. It was so sincere and genuine, that my heart broke knowing the pain you are enduring. You will immediately be put on my prayer list and have all my well-wishes for dealing with what will come. Your praise for all the people in your life in hubbing and elsewhere were so beautifully expressed. I sense you are a man of great faith, and that will sustain you. I admire your bravery in taking on the "Schoolyard bullies" Try to get yourself a good electric blanket and keep yourself wrapped as you sit at the computer and your favorite recliner. I am very proud to be one of your followers and you are certainly all that a man should be with the most grateful heart. I will write more another day. Myrtle


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, RealHousewife,

Thank YOU for your sweet and thoughtful comment. I am so BLESSED with having you as a follower and GENUINE friend that I cannot thank God enough. MY FOLLOWERS are THE Best! I do not care for HubPage editors, monitors knowing that either! I will be back with a bang when warm weather breaks.

Thanks again, RealHousewife. YOU are a true, blue ALLY!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dear Myrtle . . .THANK YOU, HUMBLY for THIS comment, and well, ALL of your kind words and encouragement. YOU mean a lot to me. And I hope that I can be as good to you, and all of my GREAT FOLLOWERS as you all have been to me. God bless you, Myrtle! And I look forward to reading more of your hubs too.

And Yes, I DO realize just how much my Followers care for me. These kind gestures touch my heart. A LOT!

Thank YOU,

Kenneth


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Dear Kenneth, you are such a bright energy on hub pages, one would never know the struggle you are going through. Thank you for including me in your day. Spring is just around the corner, hang in there, stay warm, and take good care. Happy New Year! Regards, s lane


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear snakeslane...thank YOU. I will do just that as even now, at this typing, I am sitting near the window in my work office at home IN THE SUN coming through the blinds. Wonderful feeling. And you are right. Spring is on its way. Thanks for being such a caring friend and valued-follower. Happiest of New Years...Sincerely, Kenneth


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rutley 4 years ago from South Jersey

Kenneth, I said it before...you are awesome! Keep humor in your day, it will get you through. God Bless you!

Rutley


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

THANKS A BUNCH, rutley! That means so much to me, but let's give Our Father the credit. After all, He was the one who engineered my imagintion this way. But thank you for your sweet. Caring remark. And God bless you and Myrtle also.

Your friend,

Kenneth


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Kenneth I am really sorry that you have to undergo all the pain because of your medical conditions. I read your few hubs and I am surprised how positive attitude you still have despite your medical problems. Very nice hub.Keep up the good work. Voting it up and interesting.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

on January 28, 2012,

Hello, sweetie1....Thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate you for saying them to me. I have 2 incurable diseases: Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy. Both attack the nerve-endings....joints, muscles, spine, backbone,neck,hands and feet....its like a volcano of hot pain inside your body 24/7. I take daily meds for the pain and go every 3 months to a pain clinc for shots in my spine. sweetie1, I have learned, although the hard way, that life is NOT about "me," or is the world turning because of "me," and that there are numerous people of all ages far worse than I. I try to just focus and imagine their pains. That makes my less. Sometimes.

Thanks so much for being a caring friend.

KENNETH


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Kenneth - I didn't know you were sick :( I'm putting you at the top of my prayers and thoughts list along with my 15 year old cousin who has cancer. My Hub Family is just that, Family. Ya'll wouldn't follow me if you didn't like me, right? :) I'm very glad you can write on Hub Pages and that you've got a wonderful Hub Family of 635!!! One day I will be as high as you! Hope you are feeling great today and that you've got good things planned for 2012! Thoughts will be with you always! :)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

January 30, 2012 @ 1:32 p.m./cst

My Dearest CassyLu,

"My personal, sincere THANKS to you for this heart-touching comment. There is nothing that doctors or specialists can do for Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothpy. But, in the last 10 years, I HAVE, with the Grace of God, focused on others, like your cousin, other than sit around all day moaning and groaning and singing a song about "How Life Treated Me Unfairly," and such. That aint how I roll. And Yes, Cassy...we wouldnt follow you if we didnt LOVE YOU! You said it the BEST....Family is what us hubbers are all about. In fact. Allow me this one old saying, "Hubbers: you cut one of us and we all bleed. If you jump on one of us, you'll have all of us to fight." I agree, dear Cassy. We are family.

Thanks so very much for your thoughts. I will hopefully repay you one day.

God bless.

Love, Kenneth


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Dear Kenneth,

You are very easy to follow! You have brought a smile to many of us and given us our laugh for the day, which is so important. You are truly one of HubPages treasures! Thank you for your wonderful writing.

I couldn't agree with you more about how marvelous HubPages is and the people that are on it.

Take good care of yourself.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear catgypsy,

I am so humbled by your comment that now I feel very small and unworthy of such kindness as you have shown me in this and all of your comments. I thought you knew that I was afflicted with these ailments, which sadly, are not curable. But listen. There are lots of people who are worse than I am. And as for a HubPages Treasure, I appreciate that, but I consider myself as just another hub writer. YOU and THOSE ON THIS HUB are the TRUE Treasures of HubPages.

Honest.

Take care of YOURSELF also,

Kenneth


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Kenneth-it's been too long since I've visited you and your hub work, but saw this article and had to comment. First: great photo of you, even though you may not think so. Second, thanks for sharing your condition-didn't realize that although I knew there was something medical going on. Third, I guess we share something in common besides HP-I've recently been 'unofficially' diagnosed with fibromyalgia myself. I have been off of work since the end of August pending tests and consults. My medical problems are more complex than just the Fibromyalgia I've mentioned here, but it's too long of a story and you'd be bored-oh, heck...I'd be bored. So, hang in there, my friend and I'm sorry that you are suffering and the pain meds won't work...Try the hypnosis that Will Starr mentioned or acupuncture might be helpful.

Many blessings.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Denise,

Thank you, dear friend, for sharing and bonding with me and my condition. That means a lot to me. Friends and I mean good friends like you, are great medicine when I feel low like I do many days, but I will be thinking of you and about your condition.

Although this was written a few months ago, when the weather had went from a mild fall to a bitter winter . . .that is my worst season of all as my bones and muscles ache so much that I am on the verge of weeping like a whipped puppy.

But, and this is not boasting, I am a stubborn man. And I have learned to channel my stubborness into my mental state and when my Fibro and Neurothopy wants to push me around, I simply say outloud, "is that all you got?" "seriously? Can't you hurt me deeper?" And you may laugh, but THIS WORKS.

Thanks again for your sweet comments.

Love you, my new good friend.

KENNETH

PS I am not related to Forrest Gump although I sound like him.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hahaha Good for you. BTW: Forrest Gump is one of my all time favorite movies. :) Hugs.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Denise,

Thanks, my new friend. You are truly a blessing. Oh yeah? Run, Forrest, Run! SGT: why did you do that, Gump? Gump: cos' yew told me to, drill sergeant!" . . .me too. Glad too that they didnt smude a perfect film with a foolish sequel. Arent you?

KENNETH


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Absolutely-leave perfection as it is, untouched. Another favorite scene, "...boiled shrimp...fried shrimp...bbq shrimp..."

We still frequently use the line, "Run Forrest, Run!" in our family. LOL


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Denise . . .yeah, I love the shrimp scene. Or when Forrest tells the party girl that "yore mouth tastes like cig--a--re--ttes," that kills. Hanks, Sinese and Zemekus, are genius-actors and directors. I always thought that "I" would have made a decent Forrest Gump, but no one in Hollywood ever called.

LOL.

Kenneth


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

LOL now you've got me LOL in the library, haha. You need to contact an agent who can use you in voice overs or something like that. I've told my daughters that will be my second career when I retire, haha.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Denise,

Thank you for laughing. I have a personal motto: "I am simple man with a simple mind on a simple mission: To make as many people laugh and smile while I am on this one-way journey called life." And if I can accomplish this, then my life would not have been lived in vain.

Thank YOU, Denise, for being soooooo warm and special.

And a TERRIFIC writer and friend.

KENNETH


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Kenneth, I was in the library earlier and had to leave for errands. Have a great weekend. I enjoyed chatting with you and the one thing that has impressed me from the time that I met you here is your positive attitude and sense of humor. Cool. Take care.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Denise . . .I enjoy talking to you also. You are a treat to listen to and a blessing to me with your sincere spirit and always-happy attitude. In short, "you are great medicine for me." I mean that in the most-respectul manner too.

You take care and thank YOU for your comments on my hubs.

They will not be forgotten.

KENNETH


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shaekelly 3 years ago from Alabama

Thanks for sharing with us; I know that took lots of courage. I sincerely wish u best. Your are the pillar of optismism; I myself, suffer with Chronic Bronchial asthma and I spend so much time worrying about this, and here your are with a disease of this caliber, yet you remain so positive. I am going to stop this complaining and start being thankful. I wish you best, and thanks so much for befriending me.


Kenneth Avery 3 years ago

Hi, shaekelly,

It's nice meeting you too. Thank God, not me, for this hub. I'm not a religious man, but my relationship with God helps me a day at the time to learn a lot about life around me as well as those I meet.

I'm sorry to learn about your affliction. I feel for you in every respect. And if I can help you, just let me know.

Hang tough, my friend. Be stubborn and don't let your illness push you around.

Thank you for being my friend. God bless you richly.


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shaekelly 3 years ago from Alabama

Thanks so much Kenneth for the encouragement. Same to you. God has blessed us both richly, and I have faith that his grace and mercy will forever see us through.


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kenneth avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear shaekelly,

You, my sister and friend in Christ, are an inspiring girl. Not just to me, but others.

Just keep on touching lives and helping others and great is your reward in a heaven.

Love,

Kenneth


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Kenneth, I know what you mean about not enough time in a day to read every hub of all your followers. You are a strong man to hold the two diseases at bay. It is hard when things get in the way of reading and writing. Believe I know what miracles are and believe that a miracle will happen to you, like my hubby. (Countdown to a Miracle) he will forever have problems, but he is amazing.

I hope you never give up.

Your friend always

Shyron


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Shyron,

You are an amazing girl, so very talented in writing such great hubs. Plus having time to cheer and motivate me. Thank you for all that you are to me. Dear friend, my inspiration for keeping on, plus being a wonderful follower.

I would love to be able to read all of my followers' hubs, but there is simply not enough of me or time. LOL.

I am not giving up. Tell your amazing husband the same thing.

And I will Be Your Friend Always too,

Kenneth

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