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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, October 11, 2013

Has it Been that Long?

I feel like I have been missing in action....at least emotionally.
Last Tuesday my friends, sister, and I went on a day bus trip to Chicago.  It wasn't what I had expected.  I couldn't sleep well the night before (What else is new?).  Then, there was start and stop traffic through Milwaukee and it was making me feel queasy.  I was feeling better by the time we met up with the bus in Milwaukee, but still, sat in the front of the bus (missing where all the action was).
Our destination was some shops on  Clark Street, mostly full of rhinestones and humongous bags!  (It was a Red Hat "bling" trip).  My sister did find a cute birthday fascinator and I got a winter cap.
We got a bus tour of the city and there were a lot of changes since I had visited previously.  It wet my appetite to return to Chicago with my husband to go to the Museums or Navy Pier. 
We thought we were going to get a tour of the Chinese cookie factory, but someone had their wires crossed, and all we could do was buy some cookies.  I purchased some almond cookies and chocolate fortune cookies (never saw those before!).  I have been good about the cookies and have showed restraint.
Weight Watchers is going well.  I only lost a bit this week, but the instructor said it was the equivalent of a stick of butter and is still a loss!
I got the results of my lab tests for my kidneys.  At first I was depressed as I saw the numbers, but the nurse reassured me and said the numbers are moving in the right direction, so, slowly but surely!
So that is all that is new.  How about you?  Ready for this Fall weather?


Gert said...

What fun that must have been going to Chicago! Sure been lots and lots of years since I've been there. lol You Red Hat ladies all look so foxy!! I love it!! Ladies after my own heart!! smile..

Sounds like you are doing really well in both departments, congrats!


Gert said...

PS I love your fall background!!!