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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.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Life continues

To explain Red Hats:  The Red Hat Society is international.  Anyone over 50 can wear a red hat with purple clothes (younger is pink with lavendar).  We just celebrate life by saying and having the attitude that we are of a certain age where we don't have to worry about what other's think.  It is nothing of a fund raising nature or anything like that.  We go on trips, out to eat and just have fun.!


by Jenny Joseph


With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people's gardens

And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Taken from the book

When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Editd by Sandra Martz

Papier Mache Press--Watsonville, California 1987

I have been feeling better emotionally and have a job interview today for a seasonal sales clerk in a department store.  It might be a good way to see if I like extra hours and it's just little pay, so if I quit, isn't a big deal.

My great nephew was crossing a busy street on his bicycle when a car  came and honked.  Caleb got scared and jumped the curb hitting a tree. Apparently he was using his head as a brake. He fractured the front of his skull by his forehead and eyes, then bounced off and fractured the base of his skull. He has headaches.  He is in stable condition and is eating now! They are moving him in Children's to Neurology. He is on the mend. Praise God!

Not ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas!  How about you?

1 comment:

Tracey said...

When is Thanksgiving? Sorry to hear about your nephew, hope he heals quick. xxx