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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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I know it's not October but...

Thank God for mammograms (although we all hate them) and for early detection.
I admire all those who have gone through the process.  I went through the super squish
mammogram (a magnifying mammogram) a biopsy and lumpectomy.  Those who have had more than one lumpectomy and/or mastectomy are my heroes.
I have been whining about wearing a binder (think a rubber band around the breasts).  It's a look that belongs on "Honey Boo Boo." and not myself.  It itches but keeps everything in place.
Still, it is a small price to pay.  I had dysplasia (funny looking cells), not cancerous.  I don't need radiation that leaves awful burns or chemo that makes one sick.
Survivors are my heroes!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Yesterday was my Creative Memories Party.  A lot of people who said they were coming, didn't, but still, I had four and we had a good time!
We made a card.  This is mine:
Think I will pick up my Mom today and have her over.
Have a Blessed Week!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Well, today I have my scrap booking party.  It is for Creative Memories and I hope to earn enough for the cutting system.
Tried to clean, but ran out of energy.  This will have to do.  Will vacuum and dust yet.  I had the 24 hr flu Thursday night that literally took it out of me.  So, yesterday was quite the useless person.  I managed to do some laundry but mostly rested.
I went to the store and bought a cake, some crackers and cheese, and have chips and Salsa.   That too, will have to do.  I think I put too much pressure on myself to have things perfect.  I got to stop doing that!
Monday is my lumpectomy.  The worst part will be fasting after midnight as the procedure won't be until at least 12noon!  I'll survive.
My surgeon is a young beautiful woman.  Very cute personality too!  She has to be old enough to be a surgeon !   This is not Dr Johnson, but it could be!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Post Retirement

Saw The Lion King a couple of weeks ago.  It was FANTASTIC!  How they managed to perform as Zebras and even an elephant is beyond me!  Had a bit of a time remembering these are animals and not people.
My niece is getting married so a friend threw a bachelorette party for her.  Love this pic of the two of us.
Went to the doctor regarding my surgery.  Oh no!  No nail polish and certainly not an artificial nail!
Bye bye pretty nails!
Went to a Stamp Along on Monday and made these cards:


Saturday, May 4, 2013


First day of retirement and I can't sleep!
Work was wonderful since I gave my notice.  Oh, there were a few kinks since I had to work a few days with a twenty something know it all. 
Other than that, decided to take the high road and not to hold any grudges.  I wrote a very sweet farewell note.  They held a potluck for me complete with cake and a card.  I had a good talk with my supervisor.  Turns out that I was hired at a higher pay scale because of my previous experience and I think they expected more from me because of that.  Receptionist 2 level vs. level 1.  Level 1 is working in a small office.  I could do that and who knows, I still might.  One of the nurses gave me a hug, and I broke down.  (I cry when I'm happy too.)  Truth is, I liked 98% of the people there.  They will be missed, and most are jealous of me that I am retiring.  (I think I'll be retired or as of today, re-tired.)