Well, not really, of course.
But as I walked out with two classmates from the Living Well with Chronic Illness class, I asked if I was the only one who was barely getting through the 2.5-hour-long class and wondered aloud why they don't break it up into shorter segments and just hold the class over a longer time period, like 12 weeks instead of 6 weeks.
I think that would also be good for support for all of us, and give us a longer period to learn some of the new skills they're teaching us and put them into practice while still having someone to go back to and ask, "How could I have done this better?"
I mean, I seem to do pretty well with all of you chiming in when I ask that kind of question. (And I do appreciate the comments! Really! All except the one that was highly offensive and insulting, but I'm pretty sure that was just a random person who thankfully has never returned!)
But not everyone in the class has found an online support group, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who benefits from the structure of having a class I need to go to even when I feel crappy and just want to curl up in my recliner with an old quilt.
Anyway, I don't mean to sound ungrateful for the class. I think it's wonderful that it's offered and even more wonderful that it was offered free. But it's so exhausting to be there for so long, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't fully focus on the material after the first hour or so. And it not only kills my Thursdays, which is to be expected, but it pretty much kills my ability to get anything done on Fridays too. (And that was something else that the other women I talked to agreed about; the exhaustion from the class can leave us debilitated for one to three days afterwards. And that's just crazy.)
I guess at the end of the class -- and today was the halfway point -- they'll probably give us a chance to offer feedback and I'll mention it then. Meanwhile, I'll try to stick it out because I do think I'm learning some valuable things and I'm also enjoying meeting some new friends.
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