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Is it just me, or has the SP website really slowed down?

Friday, September 26, 2014

I know it's not my computer because I can surf the web at any other site, including facebook, and not have these problems. I allow myself only so much time each day to log on and visit with friends, track my food & exercise and post to my groups. For the past several months, I haven't been able to do much of any of that and I'm really disappointed. emoticon

I know there has been a lot of changes made to the website lately, maybe that's part of the problem ??

Dear friends, I am still here and trying hard to reach all of you so please bear with me while something is getting worked out.

Hugs, emoticon emoticon

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SOXYINMO 10/8/2014 6:39AM

    Yeah, I think it has slowed a bit, and the popups are driving me mad.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/28/2014 2:10AM

    It has slowed down. Too many adds for me hehe

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SHARJOPAUL 9/27/2014 2:34PM

    I've notice that the ads load really fast but the spark content is really slow!

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SHARJOPAUL 9/27/2014 2:32PM

    I've notice that the ads load really fast but the spark content is really slow!

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OPHELIE 9/26/2014 4:26PM

    I have been back on SP for a month, and it has been constant for me, although not light speed...

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OLDERDANDRT 9/26/2014 4:12PM

    Wish I could help, but I can neither confirm nor deny Spark slowing down as my computer ( which is not old) seems to stay relatively slow. They do seem to be making changes and updates, so that very well may be the trouble.!! Hope you get your Sparking done with relative ease! ((HUGS))

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UMBILICAL 9/26/2014 3:11PM

  Mine is fine

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Really bad, bad & sorta good news.

Friday, September 06, 2013

First, the really bad news. A couple weeks ago, we found out that my FIL has pancreatic cancer and it has spread to his liver. We went to the oncologist this week to discuss treatment options but the doctor doesn't have enough information yet and needs more tests. More blood work, a PET scan, what she called a smear biopsy to determine which type of cancer it is and a surgical consult.

The bad news, when we walked into the oncologists office, there sat our long time neighbor and her son. She has breast cancer and is going through treatments. She apologized for not telling me but I know this is a sensitive subject nobody really wants to talk about. I reassured her it was alright and if she needed me for anything, to let me know.

Now for the sorta good news, my FIL has what is called a neuroendocrine cancer or islet cell cancer. This is a cancer that forms in the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas, not on the bile ducts cells of the pancreas. The doctor said it was "better" than the other type of pancreatic cancer and possibly easier to treat.

My FIL is doing great, this hasn't seemed to slow him down any, still goes out every night with his friends and is getting all the tests done before the next appointment in a couple of weeks.

Hugs to all!! emoticon

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BARBGEO 9/16/2013 11:09AM

    Glad about your FIL. Take care honey!

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    Sorry to hear about your FIL and neighbor. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!

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MISTERZ 9/13/2013 11:24AM

So very sorry to read about your father-in-law and friend. It is so difficult to get news like that but it is good that you are able to be there to support both of them. Hoping that your FIL gets great care and the treatments he needs to stay feeling good.

As you know, my SIL was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer which had spread to other organs and her lungs and bones but it is encouraging to note that she is fighting on even now over 3 years later! So tell your FIL that he should be encouraged by the new information he received and by the many treatments that are available now. She has done everything her oncologist suggested and though it got rough at times, everything seems to have helped keep her going. I am amazed that this week she is making pickles and canning all the rest of the tomatos in her garden!!! Last weekend she and my brother took a three day trip to northern Wisconsin and the Michigan peninsula and had a great time. She gets tired easily and many of us are pitching in to help out but she is not feeling too bad right now, all things considered. Hoping that your FIL will do well on whatever treatments they suggest for him and keep going strong! My best wishes to him and to you and your family and to your friend and her family.

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JANETELIZABETH1 9/11/2013 6:54AM

    Oh Ronda that was a lot of bad news to hear all at once!!
Praying your fil and indeed your neighbour are able to have the right treatment and get back to being healthy again! emoticon

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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/9/2013 2:58PM

    My heart goes out to you and yours. So glad that you can face this as a family. What a blessing. I think that this is also part of the really, really good news: that you were there for FIL. Awesome.

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4URYOU 9/8/2013 10:14AM

    Love and Prayers out to ya. Cancer really is a difficult thing to go through, Hugs emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/7/2013 5:36PM

    That's a lot to got through. Not only your FIL, but your neighbor as well. I'm glad the cancer isn't as bad as it could be for your FIL. I'll pray they both beat cancer.

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LIBBYG7 9/7/2013 1:54PM

    My best to your FIL.....he sounds like a gutsy guy! They do miracles these days.
I've been a cancer surviver for 16 years, now.....can't believe it. emoticon

Take good care, luv.....Libby

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TRANSFORMWE 9/7/2013 12:29PM

    Prayers for your FIL and neighbor and all your extended families.

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SOXYINMO 9/7/2013 10:23AM

    Cancer is so awful there aren't even any words to say. I am glad that your Father-in-Law's cancer is the more treatable, and am sending all good thoughts your way.

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ANDYLIN90 9/7/2013 12:55AM

    Wishing your dear FIL a successful treatment plan and you and your family courage and wisdom as you go through these difficult days.

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BARBIEE52 9/6/2013 8:36PM

    I am glad that among the bad news that there was a little spark of "good" news. Maybe it was suppose to happen that way about finding out about your friend, so you can Be there for her to give her all kinds of support. I hope your FIL gets good results from the tests. Glad to hear that it has not slowed him down.
Barb emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/6/2013 8:25PM

    Wow, that is a lot of bad news but also glad there was some good news thrown in there. Glad your FIL doesn't have the bad kind of pancreatic cancer and that his body will respond to treatment.

Have a good weekend!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/6/2013 6:31PM

    That's an awful lot of stuff to digest!! I do hope your FIL is able to treat this cancer and get along very well. Hoping your neighbor is able to beat hers, too!! Yes, it's understandable she didn't mention it, but now that you know, you are part of her support system. And that's a good thing!
Hope, in spite of all, that you are doing well!!! (((HUGS)))

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    Ronda, that IS a lot of information for anyone to have to 'swallow' in such a short space of time. I'm glad that your FIL is still doing well, and that his cancer is potentially more treatable!

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!

BR>PS - Love, Love LOVE the pic of Oreo in the pumpkin patch! She is such a cutie pitootie!

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RORYLYONS 9/6/2013 5:28PM

    Wow sorry to hear your fil has cancer and hop emoticon emoticon e he will have a good outcome from his treatments. Prayers sent for your neighbor as well as your fil.

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JENNY888 9/6/2013 4:18PM

    I am glad there was good news about the type of cancer your FIL has.

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A dream come true - hiking The Wave on the Utah/Arizona border

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I think I'm still in shock, our number was called emoticon

To hike The Wave, you must hit the lottery. There are only 20 spaces available per day. 10 online (apply at least 3 months in advance) and 10 at the visitor center
for the following day. We happened to be up that way and
Mike suggested we try. We were the first number picked out of 14 applications for that day, a total of 37 hikers! The next pick was another couple and the
third pick was for a party of 6. The 10 spaces were taken, that quick.

The next morning, up before dawn to have a good breakfast and be on the trail at day break. It's only a 6 mile hike, round trip but it was forecast to be 94 degrees
so we wanted to get there early so we could enjoy this breathtaking beauty. The hike itself is pretty easy, the heat makes it hard and dangerous.

The hike there was amazing. All the different rock formations & colors.

This is the entrance of The Wave.

The main part of The Wave

Oreo & I taking a shade break while watching everyone

This truly was my dream hike and now I want to go back for more

What can I say other than it is the most amazing place that words cannot describe.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/5/2014 12:45AM

    Wow, what a gorgeous place..never heard of it! That had to be a dream hike, especially since they don't allow that many in there! emoticon
What a cute dog! We used to have a dog named Oreo! emoticon

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    I, too, have never heard of The Wave and am so glad I saw that a mutual friend left a note for you. The pics are ravishing.

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    What an amazing sight to see Ronda, thank you so much for sharing your pics; probably the closest I'll ever get to seeing the Wave for real!! lol

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LIBBYG7 9/1/2013 1:55PM

    I've never heard of the WAVE.......what a magnificent site. And I'm thrilled for you, Mike and Oreo - that you had the chance to hike it. Nature's miracle.

You sound well and happy ----- keep it that way, y'hear????

Big hugs,
Libby and Lucy

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EMMAMOONFLOWER 8/31/2013 12:26PM

    What a beautiful place to hike! Glad your number was picked for it :)

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SOXYINMO 8/26/2013 6:47AM

    Amazing! So glad you got this chance and so glad Oreo got to see it, too!

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SANDYB223 8/26/2013 6:09AM

    So happy for you to get to do that hike. It is absolutely beautiful!! You took some amazing photos!!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/25/2013 8:56PM

    Wow, How lucky can you get. At least the both of you are experienced hikers, and you know to take enough water with you. Great pics. How did Oreo enjoy the hike?

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5 years today......

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Even though my journey started over 11 years ago, I joined 5 years ago trying to find that healthy lifestyle I had lost. My journey began after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001. After a 14 hour surgery, I spent the next 6 months working on getting back to being able to hike our 3 mile daily trek through the mountain. July 2001 I did it. My next step was to start running again but that didnít happen. My weight was not a problem until I started a 6 week duration of radiation. During the next 6 weeks, I had to take care of myself and not tire myself out any more than the radiation already had. The radiation really took it out of me.

Over the next year, I went from 130 to well over 160. Iím not sure what my final weight was, I quit stepping on the scale. We walked daily, but it wasn't enough. I struggled with my weight from 2002 until November 2006. This was when I had finally lost the weight I gained from surgery and radiation, I was back at 131.

I maintained my weight but with a struggle during the next several months. At times I felt like I was losing the battle and then SparkPeople came into my life. I received an e-mail through ďMy PointsĒ to visit their site, which I did but didnít join. A couple of weeks later, I went back to their site and joined. Iím so glad I did it then. I love my Class team and never would have met any of them if it wasnít for our Class. They have been very supportive. Just a small team of a handful, Janet, Tracy, Mary, BYEPOUNDS and few others who pop in every now and again. But the support couldnít be any stronger and the bonds we have made over the years is awesome.

During the first several months of joining, I hadnít joined any teams yet but read everything I could and started tracking, SP taught me how to maintain my weight and start back on a healthy lifestyle. Several months later, I started joining teams, becoming active on my teams and making goals. My weight goal was to be 125 on my 40th birthday. I met that goal a couple weeks early and what a feeling that was.

I still have times when I feel like Iím struggling, I donít think that will ever go away. Besides it keeps me on my toes and aware of my weight. Iíve been maintaining now for 4 years and have made and met several new goals, including being able to run again.

It took only a year to gain the weight and 4 years to ďlet it goĒ. I always remember how easy it is to gain and how so very hard it is to lose.

What can I say about SparkPeople that hasn't already been said? Nothing. If you are dedicated, motivated and serious about your health, this is the best site to help.

Now, what to have for my Sparkaversary dinner? How about Peppercorn Steak with Herbed Blue Cheese from the SparkPeople cookbook, a large salad with an Italian dressing I made using my Vita Mix blender I won in the SparkRecipes Un-chained recipe contest (shameless plug of my healthy Chiliís version of their Southwestern Eggrolls) & a slice of homemade crusty French bread made into garlic toast. Could it be any better?! emoticon

To my Class, Happy Sparkaversary team!! We made it another year and looking forward to many more years with you and all of my SP friends I've made.

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OK, my fur-baby is letting me know it's time for her lunch so gotta go. Wishing everyone a wonderful day . emoticon

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4URYOU 8/26/2013 9:07AM

    WOW just WOW emoticon

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    Rhonda you are an amazing woman....Keep the Spark going because you touch lives with your flame!


Lisa emoticon

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LIBBYG7 7/17/2012 8:28PM

    Congratulations and Happy Sparkversary Ronda.....
Your story is inspiring. If you've read some of my blogs, you know I've had a health journey of my own these past 15 years. I gained almost 80 pounds recuperating from very serious illnesses.....lots of steroids and inactivity and pain.
Losing almost 40 pounds took me almost 2 of them on Sparks - and yes - the support, love, information received here is limitless - one only has to look.
I'm also doing Weight Watchers, because I know the program - and I track my points on paper. I come here for support.

Being much older than you--- I'll never do or be what I used to do and be. But I keep my hopes high and my expectations reasonable......

Stay well, my friend. You are a special lady and deserve the best.

Big hugs,
Libby and Lucy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NICOLERZ 7/5/2012 9:55PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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PSMITH3841 6/7/2012 9:39AM

    emoticon Great job Ronda! Way to go..... Happy Sparkversary! Your celebratory dinner sounds YUMMY!!! emoticon emoticonPenny

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/7/2012 3:11AM

    emoticon...Your a true inspiration for those who are struggling. Just goes to show, one should never give up. Great Job Ronda!!!! emoticon

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TILLIEBEE 6/6/2012 10:00PM

    Super terrific! Happy Sparkaversary!

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SOXYINMO 6/6/2012 9:00PM

    Oh congratulations! Gotta love that Serendipity that shows us the paths, but even more that Spark within you that made you realize that this is a path to travel.


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OLDERDANDRT 6/6/2012 7:22PM

    Happy Sparkversary, my friend!!! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 6/6/2012 3:32PM

    Happy Sparkversary! You have come a long way and we are all grateful for you. Now go fed your dear fur baby and enjoy yourself.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/6/2012 2:35PM

    Wow! Happy emoticon!

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This is to cute not to share

Friday, June 10, 2011

I posted this video on my Dog Lovers team but I wanted to share to share it with all of my friends who aren't on that team. Hope you all enjoy and have a good laugh!! I know I did! emoticon emoticon

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RUN4MYDOGS 1/31/2012 10:10PM

    my favorite dog video by far

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PSMITH3841 6/13/2011 11:37AM

    Just too funny! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/13/2011 1:49AM

    That was so funny...dogs are so expressive with their eyes....!!
Thanks for sharing Ronda.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 6/11/2011 10:58PM

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tyvm for bringing my day to a close with a huge smile!!

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KGLITTER86 6/11/2011 1:16AM

    Oh my goodness!!!! LOL! emoticon Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    I love that video!

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CAMROLA 6/10/2011 6:29PM

    LOVE it!


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HICKOK-HALEY 6/10/2011 6:26PM

    Oh my gosh, I just love that video. The dog had such a worry wort face lol.

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TSKAGGS96 6/10/2011 6:12PM

    That is just toooooo cute! Love it!

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4URYOU 6/10/2011 6:03PM

    that was so funny : )

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/10/2011 6:02PM

    i love it!

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