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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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Re-Uniting of Sorts!

My week began with our Red Hat outing.  This year The Royal Purple Belles was celebrating our 11th anniversary of being chartered.  Our group was the first group to be chartered in our community and was started by my bff and myself.  We just kept saying we needed one more member!

 We all enjoyed ourselves at 
The Harborside.  I enjoyed the Apple Bourbon Chicken!  YUM!

We played a game of bingo.  I won a  Word Search book and a Magnetic List to put on the fridge.
Later that week, I found out that a friend of mine had lost their brother to suicide.  This is the second suicide of someone that I knew (very casually) within a month!  Both people were married with a family and looked like they had it all.  Both were close to my age.  We went to the "celebration of life" as they call the visitation now for the brother.  My friends were doing pretty well, all things considering.  The woman had been  my best friend in high school and always introduced me as her high school sweetheart!  We spoke with the former mayor (also a classmate of mine).  It was strange to get a hug from him! 
I have been "reuniting" high school classmates on Face Book.  One of them is an artist.  She made this beautiful brooch, and I am in LOVE with it.  (I think it speaks to my vanity).
I could either frame it, or she has attached a vale so I could wear it as a necklace!  She has been holding it for me.  I think my son will buy it for me for Mother's Day.
Happy Mother's Day to you!  Nothing special planned here.  Jim has to work out of town.



Gill - That British Woman said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Debbie.

Linda said...

Dearest Deb, Happy Mother's Day to you. It is so hard to imagine someone taking their own life, but sadly it happens. I remember hearing once that the highest suicide rate in Canada is right in my own province, Quebec. The chicken looks delicious, and I love the hats! I have never suited hats so I don't wear them (well, I do in the winter to keep me warm), but not the lovely type hats that are depicted in your photos.

Carolee said...

Beautiful cake! Can't believe it has been 11 years! I suppose that is why we all look so young in our fist photo!

Gert said...

Happy Mothers Day! Congratulations on your Red Hat anniversary! Pretty cake and sounded like a fun day!