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Motivational Doctors

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This week I’m struggling with extremely bad pain. I mention it every now and then, but it bears repeating: Fibromyalgia is a ton of ass (In fact, one author is facing homelessness this Christmas due, in part, to this syndrome, so if you’ve got some spare cheddar laying around, here’s a donation campaign for her). I’ve recently been experiencing this awesome burst of productivity, something I always struggle with, only to end up with pain that’s preventing me from any sort of long-term concentration. It’s times like these that get me down, which is why I have things like this in my office:

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Last night, I decided I needed another motivational Doctor on my wall, so I whipped this up in Gimp:
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I printed it out and stuck it to my wall, then shared it with Bronwyn Green, who said, “That’s a good idea. I could use a motivational 10, myself.” Since these take like, absolutely no effort to make, I got into Gimp again and made her one. And she said, “Thanks, that actually helps!” and I thought, you know what? I bet there are citizens in Trout Nation right now who could use a boost from The Doctor. So if you’re out there having mental health issues, or chronic pain issues, or you just need to hear someone tell you something kind or remind you to be kind to yourself, here are some motivational Doctors. If you don’t see your Doctor here yet, don’t worry. I’ve got others I’m working on and will post later.

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I think if you click these, they take you to larger versions you can save, just in case you’re a print-and-bulletin-board kinda person like myself.

At this point, regular features are generally on hold until this bad spell passes. Right now I’m just concentrating on getting through the day, but who knows, I might get a solid hour or two where I’m like, “Yeah, let’s do some Apolonia!” or something like that. And who knows, if it’s another really awful day, I might make some more Doctors.

29 Comments

  1. Kylie
    Kylie

    Thank you. I will have to print some of these off. This is great. 🙂

    December 16, 2014
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  2. Laura
    Laura

    These are awesome. And so are you! Feel better. Keeping fingers crossed for you.

    December 16, 2014
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  3. Rachel
    Rachel

    I can hear all the doctors saying those things in their voices. I hope they’re able to boost yours – and others – spirits.

    December 16, 2014
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  4. earthed_angel
    earthed_angel

    I want more Doctor posters, but not at the expense of you having a shitty painful day. So. When you get a moment, that is preferably just an idle one and not a painful one that prevents you doing other things, I would love to see a 9!
    And we’ll be here waiting for ya on the other side. Yay more Apolonia! Yay more Buffy! Especially if that means you’re having a better day!

    December 16, 2014
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  5. This is some timing! I have been going through a pretty rough phase lately where I have been questioning myself – my competence, my intelligence, my capabilities and I just….. Thanks. It’s just what I needed at a time like this.

    December 16, 2014
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  6. After struggling with a rough sick elderly doggy weekend these really made me smile, and I’m not even a huge Dr. Who fan. I’m sorry you feel bad, too, but I’m thankful it inspired you to create something!

    December 16, 2014
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  7. Rebecca
    Rebecca

    These are fabulous. I’m tempted to save them all and make them into a rotating desktop theme for my laptop.

    And obviously, do what you need to do to take care of yourself. I love your blog and your work, but your self needs to come first.

    December 16, 2014
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  8. …..Thank you for these. I’m sorry you’re feeling shitty (a friend of mine has fibromyalgia, and it is indeed THE WORST), but I just got unexpectedly choked up at “If you wouldn’t say it about me, don’t say it about yourself.” I needed that, thank you.

    December 16, 2014
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  9. H.
    H.

    THANK YOU! Thank you so so much. These are wonderful and amazing. I actually cried a little. The Motivational Doctors are going to help me through this week!
    I hope they help you feel a little better too.

    December 16, 2014
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  10. I love you and your Doctor-based coping mechanisms. When I was going through a particularly tough time, I used to force myself to write something nice about myself on a sticky note and stick it to the wall where I could see it. Some of them were less than staggering (“You’re basically an okay person!”) but it helped. I bet Doctors would have helped more, though. Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

    December 16, 2014
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  11. Tammy
    Tammy

    I don’t even watch Doctor Who and I love this, lol. I should make some with Doctor Whooves instead.

    December 16, 2014
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  12. Amber
    Amber

    I hear ya on the “pain wrecking concentration” thing. I’m on medication for whatever-this-thing-is which has a side effect of joint and muscle pain, and also chest pain, and it’s kicking my ass in a particularly nasty way this evening.

    I also have a habit of finding new and amazebad things to read when i’m hurtin’, which is why i’m currently cheering myself up with Scary Sextoy Friday, a blog which is WAY NSFW and probably not safe for sanity. It makes me cackle like a madwoman anyway.

    December 16, 2014
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  13. Aveste
    Aveste

    I hope you feel better soon, Jenny! Please don’t be too hard on yourself, and rest if you need it… Not sure whether it does much or not, but I’ll be sending all kinds of love in your direction.

    I love the Motivational Doctors! It’s amazing how much weight something can gain if the Doctor is the one telling it. (also ‘my Doctor’ has always been Eleven, but One nearly broke my heart right there. One is awesome. )
    And it’s as much the Doctor as it is you, so thank you. I’ve been struggling with unproductivity and a general feeling of self-worthlessness over the past weeks, to the point where I’m unable to sleep at night, and this helps a lot. To you, and all the citizens of Trout Nation, hang in there!

    December 16, 2014
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  14. Petra Newman
    Petra Newman

    The challenge with any pain condition (apart from the glaringly obvious pain that is) is the side dishes of awful it brings with it. Tiredness coupled with an inability to sleep, really unpleasant side effects from medication, the depressive/mental toll it takes are a few that spring immediately to mind as things that take my pain and launch it into the stratosphere of awful on any given day. The fact that it is ‘seen’, that pain is so subjective and isn’t something other people really want to think about (not that I can blame anyone for that) can also be really isolating. I’ve lived with pain 24/7 for 25 years now and I’ve fought hard but it’s slowly stolen my independence and freedom – another devastating side effect. Any time you can find something that motivates you to keep your chin up and moving forward is truly a great thing (all hail the Dr. in any and all his incarnations). IF I had any technological know how at all I’d make you a poster that has ‘your Dr.’ (Paul McGann?) saying “Jenny people really love your work – your effort isn’t in vain and it’s very much appreciated by your readers”.

    December 17, 2014
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  15. Megan
    Megan

    Thanks Jenny, those are amazing. Hope you feel better soon.

    December 17, 2014
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  16. Sarah Dixon
    Sarah Dixon

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    December 17, 2014
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  17. JordieBelle
    JordieBelle

    Those are amazing and so are you. I hope things settle down for you soon

    December 17, 2014
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  18. Sushi
    Sushi

    These are marvellous and I know just the fibro-suffering writer I’m going to send this page to!

    December 17, 2014
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  19. Mets
    Mets

    Thanks Jenny, I needed that! I hope you feel better soon 🙂

    As for me, I’m still digging myself out of my mental basement (depression sucks!)

    December 17, 2014
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  20. MaryKate
    MaryKate

    These are great. I know hardly anything about Dr. Who, but I love this idea. Hope you’re doing better soon.

    December 17, 2014
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  21. Glorificus
    Glorificus

    Internet fistbump of solidarity, the best kind of fistbimp because there is no actual touching. I also have fibromyalgia (and other horsemen of the mepocalypse). It sucks and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, although I do wish that I could temporarily transfer it. Say all those people who doubt the actual pain and exhaustion and depression and all that other stuff; what if I could transfer how I actually feel to them for like an hour? I think they’d probably shut the hell up about anything having to do with my health. I also love your motivational posters! You’re so fantastic and funny and I look forward to your posts. Having said that: self care comes first, you do what you need to do.

    December 17, 2014
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  22. Lieke
    Lieke

    I hope you will feel better soon!
    The posters are a really great idea, by the way.
    When I’m feeling down, I usually start my day by looking in the mirror and saying ‘you’re awesome.’ That, at the very least, makes me laugh, because I always feel faintly ridiculous whenever I try to do something like that. So, I laugh and instantly feel a little better.

    December 18, 2014
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  23. Bad Wolf
    Bad Wolf

    I needed the Fourth and First Doctors’ words (and do need them constantly). Thanks. Saving these. <3

    December 18, 2014
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  24. Rebecca
    Rebecca

    THANK YOU. I just finished the first semester of my PhD program and was feeling crappy about my grades, so the motivational 10 is going to be my wallpaper now.

    December 19, 2014
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  25. the-great-dragon
    the-great-dragon

    I keep coming back to this post just to look at the posters. They really do wonders and I don’t even like DW, so thank you thank you thank you and I hope things are getting better for you!!!

    December 21, 2014
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  26. WalknCandyApple
    WalknCandyApple

    These are awesome! Somehow when 10 says it, I really believe it 🙂

    December 31, 2014
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  27. Annie
    Annie

    So, I realized I was way behind on your blog and decided to catch up. Just a couple of posts in, I get here.

    I know it’s months late, but I needed to say thanks. I’m actually tearing up from reading this and those motivational posters/memes.
    It’s just about 5am, I’m on day number 4 in a row of not being able to sleep at night, and only being able to catch a couple hours during the day, due to being in so much pain from fibromyalgia, neuropathy and a migraine that will not go away.
    I’m a stay-at-home mom to my son mostly because the pain, and the meds required to get the pain even close to under control, making in capable of maintaining a job. I love staying home with my son, I hate not contributing to the household.

    This week has been especially bad pain-wise, which in turn decreases my ability to concentrate, or think, and which also makes my anxiety disorders that much more unmanageable. I haven’t been able to do much with my son this beyond making sure he survives it. I feel like such a crap mother when I’m laying on the couch asking him to please just play Legos in his room a little longer because it’s taking all I have not to scream or burst in to tears, and I don’t want him seeing/hearing that. I don’t want to worry or scare him if I can help it.

    This week I just really have been feeling like the world’s worst mother, the world’s worst wife, and the most useless person on the planet.
    These posters of yours, Jenny, and the images you made caused me to stop and think. Think about the damage I do to myself by mentally beating myself up over a condition I can’t control and that I sure as hell didn’t ask for.
    It also helps that even one person understands. I wouldn’t wish this crap on my worst enemy, and it would be nice, in a way, if I were the only person with this simply because it would mean no one else is suffering with it. But it’s also nice to not be so alone. It’s also incredibly helpful to know that someone else out there, who deals with this crap, can find ways to keep positive towards herself even during the worst of a pain flare.

    If you can find ways to try to keep a healthy, positive mindset through a flare, I can too, right? So, I’m starting by making one of these images the background on my tablet and then I’ll print some and put them up where I’ll see them when I’m at my worst (like the inside lid of the box I keep all my meds in).

    Thank you Jenny. Truly. I can’t say it enough and I can’t put in to words how sincere and heartfelt my gratitude is. Thanks.

    (Note: please forgive me on typeos and grammar failings. I’m having trouble finding the right words for things (a common problem for me in a flare) and due to a headache can only see semi-properly out of one eye, making it more difficult than usual to proofread.)

    January 31, 2015
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  28. Julie M
    Julie M

    Oh, all the thanks. As a chronically ill Whovian writer…yeah, I feel you. (And would love a full set. And understand why it won’t necessarily happen soon or at all. Because I feel you.)

    That said, aside from nabbing Four and Twelve for general morale I will be able to use this pic of Ten for my Plot Doctor: he’s the one I drop into stories where I’ve hit a block to kick things for me until they move again. He’s excellent at it.

    February 8, 2015
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