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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, February 21, 2014

My Cousin, Shirley!

Warm thoughts.  We used to have Summer family reunions.  The two little girls in the front are myself (holding my white shoe) and my 2nd cousin (who I just refer to as my cousin as she is only 1 year older than me).
My cousin Shirley and I are quite close.  We played "can-can" girls with our crinolines at Christmastime at Grandma's, while cousin Jeff hid and giggled at us!  We kept in touch through letters and compared boyfriends and losing our virginity (yes, I know).  When I was quite ill and at University Hospital, she came to visit and cleaned the tub so I could have a bath!  (it was an old hospital and understaffed).  I stayed and visited her at her apartment as a young adult.  We had a girls night out and I remember dancing to "Wipe Out!"  (remember that?).  That was when we could shimmy and shake! 
I stood up for her first wedding and met her second husband at a funeral.  (First husband went through his mid life thing and they are now friendly and share a married daughter).
Somehow during our early married life, we lost touch.  Her husband went to the seminary.  (He died at  a young age)   I was involved with my little family.
Then, as life goes on, I saw her mom at another funeral and she gave me Shirley's phone number.  She now lived in Naples, Florida!  I called and it had been like no time had ever passed!  I have been to Florida several times to visit (I love to see her and also the warm weather!). 
She is coming to Wisconsin and meeting up with me the first weekend in May for a Stamping/Scrapbooking convention!  I can't wait to see her!
We share our love of God and of scrapbooking! (and good soup)


Linda said...

that's a nice photo of the 2 of you. I am looking forward to seeing her also.

Blackberry Lane said...

I found you via Gert's blog. What a wonderful story to reconnect with an old friend. Those priceless friendships are rare and such a gift from God.

NanaDiana said...

How very wonderful, Deb! It is so great to reconnect with someone and then realize that it is just like "old times" and you pick up right where you left off.

Grabbing a computer minute here while the 2 year old is watching a movie. xo Diana

Gill - That British Woman said...

I too share many memories of my younger days with my cousins. Lovely post.

Gert said...

Oh, isn't life wonderful? To be given cousins who can be our best friends! I am so happy for you to be able to spend some fun times with her this spring...


Cheryl said...

Ah your so lucky!
big hugs,

Carolee said...

I am looking forward to meeting Shirley. I recently met up with a friend from college that I haven't seen in years. I understand about the picking up where we left off part. Friendships are such a great gift.