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    • #32029
      Jen Cueva

      This week in my column, I write about my struggles with self-love. At times, I feel my confidence drifting.

      Do you struggle with self-love? Does PH affect your confidence? What tips help you when this happens?

      If you need a self-confidence boost, give it a read, and let’s talk about this.

    • #32045
      Roger Bliss

      I know what helps me. Back in the 80’s my mushing tour company would donate a trip to a group “Challenge Alaska”,  they took handicapped out doing things rather than sitting around feeling sorry for themselves.

      Most of the people had serious physical and mental problems. I never had a problem getting mushers to donate their time. I used a couple remote lodges that were 12-15 miles off the road system that we used on our regular tours. The lodges would donate space and Challenge Alaska would bring enough food for everyone.

      Even when you are in the best of health your gonna have problems and sometimes feel sorry for yourself. It tore us, the healthy mushers up. The people we took had a total blast……cheering and laughing the entire weekend. We were amazed at how happy these people would get despite all their problems. Their problems made ours look minuscule. Every musher who went on the trip, left a different person and had a tear in their eye when they said good by to the handicapped group. I think the trip gave more to the healthy people than the handicapped.

      I don’t know what types of groups there are where folks on here live. I highly suggest for people to volunteer to help those less fortunate than they are. You won’t believe how you walk away with more then the people you help. To this day I think of these trips when I start feeling sorry for myself. It sure brings me out of it.

      • #32069
        Colleen Steele

        @wheeldog “Challenge Alaska” sounds like a wonderful organization. Isn’t it amazing how much helping others can not only lift their spirits but also yours?

        As @jenc mentioned the Make-A-Wish foundation is near and dear to our hearts. I attached two links to columns I wrote about MAW granting Cullen’s wish and the volunteer work we have since done for them.

        The Ronald McDonald House is another foundation means a lot to us. When I was pregnant with Cullen I volunteered a local RMH. I can remember coming home and sharing with my husband how sick the children were and yet how kind, appreciative and pleasant the kids and their families were to be around.

        Fast forward 8 years…we were living in a Ronald McDonald House while my son was starting PH treatments and going through a lot of tests and procedures. Little did I know that we would become one of those families. I wrote about the RMH house too and added that link.

        Thank you for bringing up the value there is in helping others!


        My Son Dreamed Big, and Make-A-Wish Made it Happen

        Make-A-Wish Foundation Provides Joy to Children, Families, and Volunteers

        Ronald McDonald House:

        Performing Acts of Kindness During the Season of Goodwill and Beyond

        Ronald McDonald House Charities Responds to Epidemic Challenges

        • #32072
          Jen Cueva

          Thanks for sharing those links, @colleensteele. I know many enjoy volunteering in many ways. Some volunteer to take care of horses and at recuses for animals.

          Thinking of horses, I know that @dawnt and one other newer member enjoy this and find this therapeutic, too.

          What other types of volunteers do we have among our PH forum members? Helping others, including animals, can offer a boost in o self-confidence boost for sure.

    • #32058
      Jen Cueva

      That is such a cool group to work with, @wheeldog. I know that these kids had such lasting memories. Laughter truly is the best medicine.

      I also agree that volunteering and helping others do help us feel better. I have volunteered with hospice when I could no longer work as a nurse. I have also volunteered at a food bank as well as some local PH events for the kids. It was all such fun.

      I have not been volunteering in person since a bit pre-COVID. But there are so many places to volunteer, and they need all types of volunteer support.

      has shared how much Make-A-Wish Foundation has impacted her and her family’s life. I believe that she write a column about Cullen;’s make a wish event. That one is huge, and I know many others for children with chronic illness or physical/mental limitations.

      You’re a wealth of resources, my friend, Roger. Thanks again.

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