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When a formerly-paralyzed patient decided to surprise her favorite nurse with the news of her rediscovered ability to walk, the nurse’s ecstatic reaction served as a reminder of how much hospital workers truly care for their patients.

Take a moment today to thank a nurse or caregiver in your life. [via]

one of my best friends from camp visited this weekend and it was so wonderful and cathartic and we talked a lot abt how the medication i’m on for add changes a lot of my understanding of food. basically, a side effect is appetite suppression so sometimes i just can’t make myself eat because of nausea or a lack of hunger. but i was always raised to eat when i was hungry and have had a very complex relationship with weight so a lot of whats going on in my body is very counterintuitive. but talking to her abt it openly was so wonderful and she rly gets it. and i that i gotta focus on the positives, keep myself smilin, & embrace lightness & joy ✨

I wish that I didn’t feel so sick so easily and often. I could plan my day out and stick to it, get everything done on time. But sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed, especially after a long night of frequent trips to the bathroom. I get behind on my to-do’s. I’m tired. I wish I didn’t have to take long naps that took away time from studying. I wish I could concentrate on my schoolwork without any breaks. I want to feel okay for more than a few hours at a time, for more than a few days at a time. I wish I wasn’t prone to infections and slow healing. It takes so much time away from living normally and feeling good. I wish I had more of an excuse to miss school, but it’s never anything new–every few days is an off day. It’s rarely bad enough to have to take a sick day. But I’d rather be home in bed. I wish I had more guts and care for myself to say no when I don’t feel well enough to go out. I wish I didn’t feel guilty for canceling plans. I wish I had a better appetite and more energy and more happiness to share. Feeling abnormal is my normal. My good days are amazing but they are fleeting and infrequent. I wish I could have more days where I feel perfectly fine.
—  on being physically unstable