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.
Yesterday was shopping day! First we went to Archivers. http://www.archiversonline.com/stores/44 It is one humongous scrapbook store! They didn't want me to take a picture and said people should just visit the website. We bought this pretty shimmery paper and some stickers for our trip to Washington DC in the Fall.
Next, we met for lunch at TGI Fridays. My bff, Linda, was meeting an old penpal who was visiting from out of state. We were delighted to meet her and her daughter Dena. What some nice ladies!
Colleen (sitting), myself, bff Linda, and Dena
We then went to Savers, a thrift store. I bought my son a shirt and a beaded watch for myself which needs a new battery. When we had scoped that store, we went to another thrift store which wasn't as nice. I did find a new shirt there and a book by Maeve Binchy! Actually bff found the book for me. It was a nice day...wish I would have had more time, more money, and more energy.