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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family Christmas

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The Blues

I'm having the blues. Last nite I had very vivid dreams caused by my antidepressants. Well, I hate the bad dreams,...I wake up crying sometimes, and just feeling blue. On the other hand, the meds are working so well during the day and helping me cope with all of life's crap. I found out that my probable kidney donor ( she had surpassed so many tests) cannot be a donor because she has developed health issues. So, not only do I go back to square one hoping for a donor, I am worried about her health!

Christmas was wonderful. All of us were in one big community room at my Mom's apartment. How nice to be all together instead of some in the family room, some in the living room, etc. I got a picture of each family and made a digital scrapbook which I will try and post when I get it figured out.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Closing In

The holiday is coming, ready or not....so why do I feel blue today? I am ready, have my presents wrapped, my cards sent, house is ALMOST cleaned. Today am just going to the hospital for a quick Christmas party and then to get my nails done. Taking a gift back to the store, taking Dan to get a gift. A snowstorm is on it's way. I hope it doesn't impede our Christmas Eve plans.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Musings

Yesterday kept feeling like a Monday, so all during the night, I kept thinking I had appointments today. Thank God it's Saturday and I don't. Last night I enjoyed a quiet night and played 1 vs. 100 with my son on Xbox 360. He is good at the sports questions and we both get the other ones. I get the "older" stuff.

I have been busy crafting all week. I don't know how much more I can take. Tried to make a star book Thursday night and it just wouldn't line up. I wasted so much paper! And, of course, myself, being anal, had to take it apart and throw it away cause I was so frustrated!

I don't work this weekend, so back at the star books. I have to pick up some birthday presents and some odds and ends this morning. Need to finish a Secret Santa gift too. Want to post some pics on here. Got to work at that. I need more TIME!

Next week is nuts! Monday night is a Stamp Along, Tuesday night, Pendants, Wednesday night is work party. YIKES!

Somewhere along here I have to get the tree up, clean, get cards out, and wrap presents! Calgon, take me away!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hectic Holidays!

Today after work I frosted and decorated cookies with my two great nephews, bff, Linda and friend Simone. We had a nice time and it's beginning to feel alot like Christmas!

Thursday nite made fused glass pendants. I can't wait till it is finished and I can post it here! Check out the website www.artworksetcstudios.com
Been busy making Secret Santa gifts, but can't give anything away till everyone gets their gift!

Who has time to clean?