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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, March 20, 2014

A Busy Week

What a busy week!  Last Thursday I had a meeting with the volunteers for The Salvation Army Red Shield Clinic.  It was very interesting.  I learned that I will have an office to work in and help procure
medications from drug companies for indigent patients whose drugs aren't on the Salvation Army list
(ie. the list of meds that the clinic can pay for).  For now I will be the receptionist the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Facts I learned:  Did you know that if a person lives in their car, they are not considered homeless by the federal government?  Did you also know that people who couch hop (live from friend to relative night to night) are also not considered homeless?  The Salvation Army Clinic will look at the whole person and their needs and not just their medical conditions.
Tuesday night I was having a Stampin Up party!  Of course, we waited till the last days to clean.  Does anyone else do this, or do you have a regular weekly schedule?
Ten people showed up for my party.  It was a challenge getting the instructions straight with everyone yapping away!  Still, we had a lot of laughs!
The first card made was for me from a kit that the demonstrator sells.  I love the dotted paper!
Next we made this cute Easter card.

Lastly, we made this very complicated card.  Complicated, cause everything is done backwards!

The jury is still out if I like the antique effect or the chalk paint.
It was a very successful party.  I received over $100 in free product!  So exciting!
Yesterday I worked at the Senior Center as receptionist.  Whenever I have to work, I also buy the meal.  They have the most delicious deserts!
Today I am going to visit Mom.  The health care center had to increase her oxygen.  She has a cold and is despondent about being ill, afraid of getting pneumonia again.  Please pray for her.


NanaDiana said...

Sounds like a fun party and what neat cards. I hope your Mom does okay- saying a prayer for her. xo Diana

Carolee said...

It is difficult to believe that living in a car is not considered "homeless!" That is as bad as the people that have given up looking for a job are not counted as the unemployed.
Saying a prayer for your Mom.
Your party was a fun one!

Gert said...

Sounds like you had a fun time!! And great for you! $100 worth of supplies Woohoo! Did not know those facts on homeless..sad day in America...