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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.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why I Became a Boopnut

It was a bad time for me in the early 90's.  My Crohn's Disease was in a major flare up.  In order to try and control the disease, I was on massive amounts of medication, including prednisone.  From the neck up I looked like I weighed 300 pounds.  My face was so round from the drug.  My eyes were disappearing into my face.  It was depressing, as I was never a bad looking woman, and I was stuck in this prednisone prison.

One day my bff and I were shopping when I found a Betty Boop sweatshirt.  She had short dark hair, big eyes and big cheeks, but was oh, so cute!  I had found my alter ego!  She was sassy, sexy, multi talented and had sustained through the ages....everything I wanted to be!  She had been a USO girl, a motorcylcist, a waitress, a nurse, you name it!  It was just her and her little dog, Pudge.  She was a strong, independent woman and a feminist in her own way. 


Soon, after purchasing the sweatshirt, I bought a Betty Boop doll, then a throw, a lamp, figurines, the list goes on.  My Boop Room was my happy place.  A place where I could forget about Crohn's disease, medications, etc.  Although, I was back in my old body and had surgery for my Crohn's (my colon removed and an ileostomy), Betty was still my heroine.


4 comments:

Pixie said...

I like your way of thinking. We are all beautiful, even if we forget that from time to time. Illness has a way of making us stronger and your ability to carry on speaks volumes. Betty is an awesome icon...she is just so darn cute! I love the really old Betty Boop cartoons...the ones where she is still a dog with floppy ears.

Have a good weekend, m'dear!

Sandie's Patch said...

I was wondering what a Boopnut was!
Sometimes solutions have a way of hitting us smack in the face, when the stinging has gone we can see the transformation.
Love your new fresh and bright background to your blog by the way - very Spring like.

Sandie xx

bad penny said...

ah a Betty - boop nut ! I'm glad you found your heroine & she helped you through difficult times.

Lyn said...

I am glad you explained the name! (my mum has Crohns, has since her early 30's)
Love
Lyn
xxx