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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.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


This has been a week so far of insights. The first: Gambling is not a form of entertainment when you go over your limit or go once a week or more. I have come to the realization that I am addicted, so have asked God to please forgive me for being a poor steward of my money and ask to take this compulsion from me. Jim always gives in to me so he is losing money too, which is a lose-lose proposition for our incomes. I could save over $500 a year. We could go out for lobster once a month, buy a chair, etc. I have an addictive personality, among my addictions, cookies, but they don't cost as much.

Second insight: Never go to work a "little sick." I tried that; couldn't hear on the phone, had little patience, coughed and blew my nose at work and was just totally stuck there feeling like crap. They never have enough coverage...is that my fault? Last night I was more rundown and felt worse this morning than yesterday.

A snowstorm is coming. Perhaps this is a good time to hunker down, craft, do laundry, take a nice nap. Any ideas for dinner?

I have joined the choir at church. Although it is nice, it is not the type of music I prefer to sing. I prefer more contemporary Christian music. I will give it till summer and rethink it next year.

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