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If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

Created: 02/06/19

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Posted Feb. 06, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

After Kate begins to get better, she spends a lot of time focusing on the years she lost. She grieves for them, looking through photo albums and listening to David tell her everything that she missed. She doesn't want to focus on these years, but she can't help it. If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?


Posted Feb. 17, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

I would ask some questions about the past but I would concentrate on the present and future and pray that the disease would not return. I think it would always be a little frightening but would try not to worry about my health just enjoy every new day that I would have.


Posted Feb. 17, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
terriej

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

I would want to know the important things in the past that I missed, like children events. I would primarily want to focus on the future because that is where I would be now. I would want to take advantage of my current situation because I wouldn't know when I would go back.


Posted Feb. 18, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
teachlz

Join Date: 07/28/16

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

If I were Kate, I would want to know the missing gaps of my family, and make plans for the future.


Posted Feb. 18, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rebeccak

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

I'd have a hard time not focusing on everything I missed in those years. It seems like my loved ones would feel like strangers because they went through so many changes without me. I'd want to know all about the lives of my loved ones in addition to the major news around the country and around the world that I had missed - new presidents, new scandals, new disasters, etc.


Posted Feb. 25, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
sandiev

Join Date: 02/25/19

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

I think I would be focusing more on my past and what I missed. I don't believe that this is the healthiest or best way to go but I feel like this is what I would be doing. I think I would also be so afraid of returning to my previous state that I think things would be difficult.

I think anyone in this situation would need some heavy-duty counseling.


Posted Feb. 28, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Peggy H

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

As Kate I would try to get caught up with what my children had done in the past years. I would also look,for new things to get involved in, which I think Kate would do. None of us should live in the past, but I do like looking at old pictures to bring back memories. This is not a bad or strange thing to do.


Posted Mar. 02, 2019 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
janee

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RE: If you were Kate, how do you think you would react to missing so many years? Would you focus on your past, or live more (or entirely) in the present and future?

If I were Kate I would have to know the missing pieces. Our memories are treasures of loved ones and important events. I would have to know to move on.


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