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Just a quick update

Friday, January 04, 2013

Well.....here it is 2013 and it seems that I need to get going on some of the things that I said I was going to do last year. Since September of last year until November; I was helping my father take care of my Mom. Her breast cancer and the angiosarcoma had returned, to her vertebrae and the chest wall. So a couple of hospital stays and then Hospice for 2 weeks in Nov. My beautiful, strong mother passed away on the 29th of that month, 11 days after her 72nd birthday. I am still grieving and learning how to live without her. So far, not so well.

I keep putting one foot in front of the other though.... emoticon

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/4/2013 12:16PM

    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I know how hard it is. Glad to have found you. Hope you will stop by the Lost a Loved One team often to let us know how you are doing.
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AWESOMECAROL55 1/4/2013 11:28AM

    (((Hugs)))

Carol

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Please Pray for my Mom her cancer is back for the 3rd time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I know it has been quite a while since I have posted and for that I apologize. I know I have asked for your prayers, well wishes, thoughts ....whatever positive energy could to my Mom...and I am here to ask for it once again.
In Sept. Mom had a couple of falls that ended up with her in the hospital with 3 compression fractures. During a CT scan it was discovered that her back had numerous tumors. Her cancer is back, only this time we don't know if it is the breast cancer that has metastasized, or the angiosarcoma. She was in the hospital for over a month where is got 10 radiation treatments on her spine. The cancer is NOT in her spinal column thank goodness and at the time of the scans, it was no where else.
She then went to an rehab place to get stronger, only that was no help, she has developed more confusion from the high doses of pain meds she was on added to the aneurysm she had a year ago. So she has trouble with her memory, knowing how to do somethings....so we brought her back home a week ago.
She is tired, confused not sleeping well or eating well. If all of you here could please help me help her with your thoughts my family and I would greatly appreciate it. She says this one is different, that she is having trouble praying.....please help me show her she is not alone.

Thank you all so much.

  
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AWESOMECAROL55 10/30/2012 6:40AM

    I am so sorry! Your Mom is definitely in my prayers!! ((HUGS)). She is not alone...neither are you!

Carol

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The year in review...so far :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I know, I stopped doing this; no excuse, other than I just didn't allow myself the time or the push to write.
Shy. and I used the Wii for a good hour, I am glad that we are back to that, we both have fun and burn calories at the same time. Then we set the timer for 15 minutes and each took a bedroom and tidied them up. I was surprised at how fast 15 minutes goes! I still had some get up and go so I swept the kitchen, the dining area before sitting down. We are both doing great with our food choices as well as watching some of the more pertinent nutrients; for me, Calcium and Vit. D are big, now that I have entered the realm of a chemically induced menopause it is really important for my bone health that I watch those carefully.
George is doing well, he has since been neutered and still trying to find out where he fits with the other cats. Of course he thinks he is the King of the house, and that is including us as his serfs! emoticon
My mother is doing well, as is my Dad who unknown to me was diagnosed with Diabetes (I am assuming type 2, my mom didn't know) in December. He has lost 27 pounds, cut out the handfuls of candy and salty popcorn, and they are embarking on an exercise plan for both of them. For now they are walking in place when the commercials are on, and you know how long those can be! LOL
Shy and I are doing the Chilly Challenge on the Country Sparker's team; we have both lost 5 pounds and are tickled both pink and blue (pink for her, blue for me..of course!) I have always lost weight the "wrong" way, I just would stop eating, settle for just the bare amount of calories to keep me upright. About 9 years ago I lost 80 pounds in a little over 3 months, not a good thing to do, so I am very happy with myself this time. I am taking it slow, fighting the urge to go back to that old habit, and moving! Shy has been instrumental in supporting me and I am helping her keep her motivation as well. I know this time we are both going to succeed, together she and I can do anything and get through anything together! We are just that strong! emoticon

  
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SHYFEMMEKAT 2/16/2012 1:23PM

    You're doing terrific and I know you can do it! Teamwork is a beautiful thing and you give me so much support! Go us!


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Update...on ME~!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Well, it's the end of a year and the New Year is in sight. A lot has happened over the past 12 months, most of it was good with some high moments of stress thrown into the mix to keep it interesting! LOL
Eating-wise, I am doing a bit better, even though we are blowing this week before we get down to business, I am monitoring my portions, and trying to limit sweets. One piece of candy last night is monumental for me, as I would always eat the entire box! LOL Go Me!
Exercise-wise, well, let's see, all was going well until I rolled my ankle in June. Had a severe sprain that I am still in PT for, not to mention my back from well, doing something stupid (pushing lawn equipment around without starting them, should not be done by me at this age)!
I am doing PT at the VA twice a week, and just general chores around the house as well. I am going back to the Wii this weekend, just the golf at first to see how my back does, from there; who knows?
Weather here has been interesting, snow, then no snow, mud then no mud. I am not complaining (much) as compared to last year this has been a breeze. Just wish it would make up it's mind!
In October a new member of the family came to us. George was 3 weeks old when his mother left him by our wood pile. I brought him in, bottle-fed him, and now at almost 4 months, he is a terror! He is a love when he wants to be, and drives the other cats and us at times nuts! We are counting down the days until he is fixed, then MAYBE he will calm down, until then; everyone in the house is getting cardio at one time or another!
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George screaming for his bottle!



He was so cute as a baby!


Growing up takes a lot of energy!

  
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-THINQ- 1/19/2012 12:29PM

    How cute; i hope George will help you stay as active as you can!
i also have had physical issues recently; i was offered a job in September, and before i could even start it we discovered i had spinal compression that was numbing my hands. I have gained just a little back, but by staying here with Sparkfriends and tracking my food, it's stayed just a little so far.
I wish we could all travel magically to each others' places and have a 'kaffee klatch' so i'd have less time to exercise my elbow-hand-to-mouth exercises... lol.

take care of You!!
Lizzy

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/18/2012 12:32PM

    He has grown like a weed! Probably all the snuggling he does with you. emoticon

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KMYLIN 1/16/2012 10:49PM

    kittens are so fun! Hope you have a great 2012

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Starting over....again

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, it seems that since my sprained ankle in the beginning of June, I have lost track of tracking my food, and since my last blog, I have stopped using the Wii and getting outside and doing what needs to be done. I have Chronic Severe Depression, Anxiety as well as PTSD, so yeah, on a few medications to help with all of that. But when we changed my medications a month ago, it seems that they all reared their heads at the same time. The energy wasn't there, the medication that was supposed to help with my sleep didn't; and my fuse went from normal size down to that of a gnat!

We have fixed the sleep problem, which in turn has a wonderful domino effect for all the others. So I weighed in yesterday, and lo and behold, I have gained 2.4 pounds on top of what I had lost at the start of this! Not happy with myself at all, and I am my harshest critic!

I got up this morning, and decided that I need to get back into my routine, or at the very least start paring down the amounts I eat at one time.
SO, the Wii is coming back out, the outside work is going to be done( without procrastination!) Here we go again.....


PS Mom is doing great! She has a small infection that cropped up in her right breast, but over all she has healed wonderfully from both the surgery in March and the aneurysm that happened in April. Thank you again for all of your support and prayers during the past two years.

  
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AWESOMECAROL55 9/25/2011 9:36AM

    Amber..It's never too late to start over..I know!! Injuries have dealt me many blows over the course of my weight loss journey! It's also really difficult dealing with Meds that wreak havoc on your body but it sounds like you got that in control! You have a great plan..besides..where will you be in a year or two if you don't start over??

PS..glad your mom is okay!!

Carol

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