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    Jewels, I am so glad you found a program that is working for you! It could be that people jump to help you because you are such a wonderful, funny, wise and warm person, you know.

    I had a high-risk pregnancy and spent about 4 months total on bedrest. I was amazed at the kindness of people who came out of the wordworks. My husband's boss came over and cleaned my house while he was working once. People brought books and tapes and food.

    Also, I was seeing a specialist during this time, and she was and is my all-time favorite doctor. Somewhere along the line I learned from my regular OB that my specialist (who is world-famous in her field) wasn't being paid by my insurance. When I saw the specialist next, she said she didn't want to worry me (!) and wasn't even going to tell me about the insurance problem, but continued to finish up with me and all of her patients who had been cut by this insurance carrier. I had to see her every 3 days during my last month. I had a problem that was tricky to pin down, and she arranged for me to have 24 hour monitors free of charge to figure out when the problem was starting (middle of the night). She was really incredible and I'm convinced she's the reason I had a perfectly healthy and normal baby.
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    This is really great stuff

    Reading your posts reminds me of three more people I need to thank in print.

    One of my former cars died just as I was passing an on-ramp of a hwy. It was dark and very cold so I was mad that I had worn a skirt that day. I hadn't walked far when a van with a woman and kids pulled up and offered me a ride. She said she never picks people up, but could tell I was a woman (skirt) and had seen my disabled car. She drove me to a restaurant so that I could get help. I didn't even have the money for the pay phone on me and the manager gave me the change I needed and a glass of iced tea to drink while I waited.

    When I lost my job I couldn't afford my epilepsy medication. My neurologist gave me more than a month's worth of samples that would last until my unemployment checks kicked in. He himself sorted and handed them to me.

    I believe God works through these people that help us in our hour of need. I want to be sure to give thanks to Him as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dberk
    I believe God works through these people that help us in our hour of need. I want to be sure to give thanks to Him as well.
    That's true, Dberk. And it makes you stop and wonder if those strangers who helped you - the ones you never seen again - were really angels sent to help you in your time of need. Maybe I've seen too many TV shows and movies about angels, but I still can't help but wonder.

    Jewelsy, your story choked me up. And it's no wonder FORTers were more than willing to help you - you're so great to everyone else, as hepcat said. After all, you provide us with snacks and drinks and keep us happily fed!

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    I'm so glad for everyone's good fortune. I have one I want to pass along. A few years back when I had one son and one on the way, we were going home after visiting relatives. It was dusk and there was light traffic. Our car died, so he started out on foot and went back about 5 miles to get someone to tow us or start us. I stayed in the car with our son. I was waiting patiently when all of a sudden someone was walking across the median. This guy was neat looking but my hair stood on end. I don't remember when I've ever been so petrified in my life! I got out of the car (now I know it was the wrong move) and explained that my husband was on his way and thanks, but I didn't need any help. I was mentally screaming for help. He wanted to look at the engine and wasn't taking no for an answer. Just then, a car pulled up from behind. It was an elderly couple and the man got out of the car and came up to my car and asked if I needed any help. The weird guy was saying no I didn't need any help and I was saying, "thanks for stopping". The first guy saw the couple was not leaving and he got even weirder and then left. As soon as he was in his vehicle and driving away, the man said that he and his wife had spotted me when he was going the other way and I looked so alarmed that they u-turned and came to see if I needed any help. I was so grateful! When my husband finally got there with a wrecker, the couple started to leave. I tried to pay them but they wouldn't accept anything. They said for me to just do the same for someone else. As for the first guy, I don't think I've ever been so scared in my life. I am a trusting soul, but there was something about that guy that scared the bejeebies out of me!

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    Famita, your story gave me chills. I'm sure there's a reason your inner voice was sounding the alarm. How astounding that those people turned around to help you.
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    Famita - I am a firm believer of following your intuition. Sometimes you just KNOW when something or someone is not right. I'm glad that couple stopped to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBug
    Jewelsy, your story choked me up. And it's no wonder FORTers were more than willing to help you - you're so great to everyone else, as hepcat said. After all, you provide us with snacks and drinks and keep us happily fed!
    I try. Unk taught me how to google images, so we can thank him for the snacks and beverages.

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    This thread is just touching....I'm at a loss for words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewelsy
    In just the last month, Heppy, Lycanthrope and Phat have gone out of their way to find an alternative program for me to use. Well, Phat was able to hook me up with a free downloand for a "text to speech" program that is WORKING!!!

    Thank You!
    Jewels, you're welcome and thank you for the acknowledgment. In my line of work, it's good to be reminded that technology has a human side to it, that it's designed more to help rather than to hinder.

    Besides, you can't really beat listening to that Stephen Hawking voice read the "Polynesian Pete" post to you, can you?
    "...Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things donít always soften the bad things, but...the bad things donít always spoil the good things." - The Doctor

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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    Besides, you can't really beat listening to that Stephen Hawking voice read the "Polynesian Pete" post to you, can you?
    Hey, it beats the monotone, computer generated voice I was used to; fondly referred as "Mr. Chimp" by fellow Forters here. May he rest in peace.

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