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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, September 21, 2010

The Retreat Weekend

We went up north and on our way to the retreat, we stop and shop at the thrift store and also at a liquidator store.  Always a good time.  Getting to the retreat center, I still felt good, but all in all I was not my peppy self over the weekend.  I loved seeing my old friends and making new ones.

Saturday while the other gals went canoeing, I opted for a nap as I just felt icky.  I don't know if it was the change in diet, a virus, or the change in water, but I just didn't feel good.  I socialized some, but not like last year.  Went to bed before 9:30pm. 

We have a secret sister exchange.  My SS, Irene, prayed she would pick my name, and low and behold, she did!  Her gifts were more than generous, with spiritual messages about healing.  Irene was supposed to be needing a liver transplant, and that was over 20 years ago....it never happened and she is fine.  When we revealed ourselves to our SS, I just knew Irene was mine, and we both cried.  It was very emotional to have the two "transplant" ladies be secret sisters. 

I had a secret sister too, but it wasn't quite so serious.  I gave her nail files right after she had chewed hers off, so that was kind of funny.

I am still cleaning my garage.  I will never get it empty again or so it seems!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blah, blah, blah!

Last two weeks were consumed with getting ready for a rummage sale, having the rummage sale, and dealing with what's left.  I did well, financially, but there is still  a lot of stuff left.  There were some beautiful things, sconces, candlesticks, etc, but maybe no one else wants to dust them either.  Then there was my small/medium clothes....some with price tags still on!  Problem is, that those who are small enough to wear them are under 25 and don't wear that sort of thing.  Oh well, cest le vie! (sp?)

I am doing well health wise.  Had my physical and all my blood counts, etc. are stable.  This is important with stage IV kidney disease.  My doctor suggested I work with weights to burn calories and not worry too much about the cardio with my sore ankle.

Ready for the weekend!  Going on a Christian women's retreat up north with my bff and my sister.  It will be peaceful, restful, fun and a blast in general.  I look forward to seeing many of the women again.
We will stop at a thrift store or two, and the liquidator's!  Woo hoo!  I am so excited.  Will tell you what I found when I get back.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Play vs. work.

Today is Labor Day in the USA.  Not a day to commemorate labor it seems, but a day to play.  People go camping, have cookouts, etc.

I started to get ready for a rummage sale and have 75% done, but would love to go with hubby to a flea market just to relax.

So, what to do...play or work?  Would love to hear your opinion.