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    Is quilting therapy for anyone else out there? I have MS and my doctor told me 9 years ago to not think about what I couldn't do anymore but what I could do. As the list changed and the what I couldn't do got longer,I decided I would keep myself occupied with quilting so my hands would stay flexible.It's a lot easier than sitting in a corner waiting to get worse. My doctor tells his other patients to try needlework now too.

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    I have a little OCD and quilting is a time I can just relax. When I sit down at the frame, feel the fabric and look at my needle and thread, I just get so relaxed! I can't explain it, but it is a therapy for me.

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    Absolutely! I have RA and quilting keeps my fingers and joints in good shape.

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    Yes, I have many aches & pains, but the more I do, especially physically, the better off I am. I am now 67 & retired from teaching in 1996. I do more yard work, cleaning, etc. now than I did when I was younger. Just appreciate what you can do each day & whenever someone asks "how are you", I just answer "well, we got up today". Before I got into quilting, I could not sleep at night as my hands hurt so bad Quilting was definitely therapy for that & I got much better.

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    That's an excellent way to function. If you keep your mind in a positive frame of thought you're more apt to be more productive. A physical limitation can play tricks on the mind too.

    Good to hear how therapeutic quilting is. :thumbup:

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    Sure is for me... Not physical therapy but definately mental therapy... Life's problem are put on hold for a little while when I get behind my machine.

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    We have a group of about 9 to 12 ladies who come together twice a week for THERAPY. aka: Escape. We all quilt (among other things.) Sewing of any kind has always been R&R for me. Physical and Mental

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    Quote Originally Posted by drJaner
    Absolutely! I have RA and quilting keeps my fingers and joints in good shape.
    Me too. I have told this story before, but will repeat it for those who haven't heard it. My wrist doesn't bend much and my fingers get stiff and get cramps when I sew too much. I mentioned this to my doctor who knows my love of sewing. I told him I was having trouble sewing and knitting. He said, "Then maybe you ought not do that any more." My reply was, "Well, that's not going to happen." I have known him for years and he has seen my work so he understands what I mean. He didn't say a word.

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    It's mental therapy for me until I work on a nasty little quilt I'm finishing from my mil and it is not going well! I'm have decided to just finishing it no matter what and use it to death!

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    Quilting helped get me out of a deep depression about 10 years ago. When I startt to feel overwhelmed it helps if I can sew.

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    I realized this week, as I stayed inside the warm house quilting, that I now have 2 forms of "therapy" for my peace of mind. My horse therapy in the spring/summer and now quilting therapy for fall/winter when it is too cold out to ride. I may get aches & pains in this old body (bad neck, elbows, back, and so on), but I don't care because I'm super happy when I'm doing them! :D

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    It helps with my OCD and anxiety. When I go a few days without sewing my husband starts to notice a change in me and not a good one. 15 minutes to an hour a day of sewing is better than seeing any therapist or any pill I could take.

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    My quilting keeps me sane. The arthritis, carpal tunnel, splints, meds etc, etc drive me crazy.

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    I lost a leg 3 1/2 yrs ago, and have phantom pain, 24 - 7. Almost 2 years ago I feel in the bathroom and shattered my hip, so phantom pain is worse. I have shoulder pain from having a shoulder replacement 2 1/2 yrs. ago, carpal tunnel from typing for years as well as all the crafts I did. And depression because of all this. BUT, when I quilt, I don't think about the pain, it relaxes me. Gives me a reason to get up in the morning. Quite frankly before I got back into quilting, there were many days, I just wanted to end it all. Not anymore. It actually gives me a reason to live. And I thank God all the time that I can do this and so many other things. Oh,and by the way, I'm only 62 so have a lot of good years ahead of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I had a difficult group of fourth graders last year. The time spent quilting greatly helped my disposition. I was more motivated to keep all the papers graded and lesson plans up to date, so I could quilt. Boy did I quilt. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynmccoy
    Is quilting therapy for anyone else out there? I have MS and my doctor told me 9 years ago to not think about what I couldn't do anymore but what I could do. As the list changed and the what I couldn't do got longer,I decided I would keep myself occupied with quilting so my hands would stay flexible.It's a lot easier than sitting in a corner waiting to get worse. My doctor tells his other patients to try needlework now too.
    Good outlook! I too have MS and various other aches and pains, but I keep pushing myself. I can't walk any distance, but I can sew up a storm, and love hand work. My left hand is a bit of a challange, but I just make it work! I made 3 batches of raspberry jelly today, and had to pause between batches, but crocheted a scarf while resting my legs and back. I work daily on my hexigons. Working on 3rd hexy quilt. Keep up the good work. We can do it!!!

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    I have always called it my mental health therapy....it's also my prayer time. Once I go in my studio, I lose all track of time...it's as if I am in my own world.

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    I'm sure quilting helps the arthritis in my hands. The more I use them the better they feel. And it relaxes me so I'm happier.

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    I cannot sit/stand/ for any period of time unless I am in front of my machine. Quilting gives me a sense of accomplishment. I don't feel like I have anything to give to society except my quilts.

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    Depression can take over really fast when you find out that you have a serious medical problem and start losing all those abilities that you used to take for granted.I'm glad that you found a way to kick your depression right out the door . It still sneaks in once in a while,but we can be the ones in control, not the other way around.

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    I have some nerve damage left from chemo some years ago. I have seen some improvement since I started doing more hand sewing.

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    Yesterday I had a bad day with my back pain from OA. Had to make myself go out to do some grocery shopping, laundy and getting some Christmas things out. Nothing I tried would relieve the pain. Right before I went to bed I had to do some crafty things in my sewing room to take to work today. By the time I went to bed, my back felt better. Why didn't I go in there yesterday about 10AM. LOL

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    I know how easy it is to fall into depression with so many illnesses. I am on disability and cannot sit or stand or walk for any length of time. Years ago when I was young I used sewing as therapy because when I was creating I was calm. It still works but I let myself get defeated too easily with my back and hands hurting. This board keeps me encouraged. Thanks to al of you. I am working on s few things now with what is left of my stash and hopefully next year I will build some more. I find things at yard sales and thrift stores like curtains or sheets that are great for quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I have always called it my mental health therapy....it's also my prayer time. Once I go in my studio, I lose all track of time...it's as if I am in my own world.
    This is the same for me. Years and years ago my mother told me that hand work (sewing, crocheting, knitting etc) are the best that women can do for their mental health, my doctor (not so many years aqo) told me the same. In doing this type of "therapy" I know it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klgreene
    I lost a leg 3 1/2 yrs ago, and have phantom pain, 24 - 7. Almost 2 years ago I feel in the bathroom and shattered my hip, so phantom pain is worse. I have shoulder pain from having a shoulder replacement 2 1/2 yrs. ago, carpal tunnel from typing for years as well as all the crafts I did. And depression because of all this. BUT, when I quilt, I don't think about the pain, it relaxes me. Gives me a reason to get up in the morning. Quite frankly before I got back into quilting, there were many days, I just wanted to end it all. Not anymore. It actually gives me a reason to live. And I thank God all the time that I can do this and so many other things. Oh,and by the way, I'm only 62 so have a lot of good years ahead of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wow, I am so fortunate! Quilt away girl! Quilting is good for so many ailments. It keeps us busy being creative. God Bless you.

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