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Tommy and Me in Palm Beach, Florida





Tommy always lets Thor play in the creeks on hikes resulting in a bath when he gets home!





Thor (our 3 legged Dobeman that my son rescued). Thor is a real sweetie and loves EVERYONE :-)



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I'm Cindy and I live in Pfafftown, North Carolina. I'm very lucky because I married my best friend, Tommy, in 1995. Tommy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. He continued to live and enjoy his life while battling this horrible disease. After almost four years of survival, Tommy passed away from pneumonia and sepsis on July 19, 2013. Our sweet Doberman Thor (and Tommy's best buddy) was also diagnosed with cancer and is still doing fairly well after almost two years, although he ...
I'm Cindy and I live in Pfafftown, North Carolina. I'm very lucky because I married my best friend, Tommy, in 1995. Tommy was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2009. He continued to live and enjoy his life while battling this horrible disease. After almost four years of survival, Tommy passed away from pneumonia and sepsis on July 19, 2013. Our sweet Doberman Thor (and Tommy's best buddy) was also diagnosed with cancer and is still doing fairly well after almost two years, although he misses his Tommy terribly.

Tommy's diagnosis changed everything in our lives and I almost completely quit exercising. I've paid the price for my lack of exercise by adding back some of the pounds and feeling unhealthy and tired. Now I'm ready to start working on getting my life back and spending more time enjoying the outdoor activities I love.

I'm taking things one day at a time. One of the most important lessons I learned from Tommy was to enjoy each and every day that we have here on this Earth because there is no guarantee for tomorrow. If he was able to be happy and enjoy life while he was fighting cancer, then there is no excuse for me to let some extra weight bring me down. So many of us think about how happy we'll be when we reach our goals, but we need to be happy today, while we're working toward those goals. So I will look for something to enjoy in every day, just as Tommy used to do.
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Member Since: 1/27/2008

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My Goals:
To get back to a healthy weight and make more time for hiking, backpacking and kayaking.

My Program:
I use my nutrition tracker faithfully and I now understand how much food I used to eat. I never realized how fast those calories add up until I started putting everything into the tracker. I'm also trying to drink more water and eat healthier foods and get some exercise each day. I plan on doing a lot more hiking on weekends.

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I love hiking and backpacking, kayaking, camping (really anything outdoors) and photography. I have two sons, two step-sons, four grandchildren and a my sweet Doberman, Thor!

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Although I live in North Carolina, I love the southwest better than any place else, especially the slot canyons in Utah. I also love photography and have loaded a lot pictures to my flickr page at the link below.
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LADYVOLSFAN1954
4/17/2014 9:26:26 PM

Thanks for stopping by my pineapple blog. Have a fantastic Easter weekend! emoticon



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LINDAKAY228
4/8/2014 8:45:49 AM

Sunday it rained all day, which I guess is good. But yesterday was nice and thankfully even though I don't have my beloved hills in this metroplex area there are lots of really big beautiful parks, 2 zoos, a wilderness preserve, a botanical garden, and who knows what else I haven't found yet that can make me feel outdoors. They are pretty flat but at least I get the feel that I am away from city life and in nature, which I love. Parks and the botanical garden (which is pretty large) are free too. So I get my outside fix to help me keep centered. At least I can drive now, even if I have trouble walking or looking at things while standing or right hand acting up ha ha. We tend to turn to the outside for our healing in many ways. Glad you're able to get out too. Mine is nowhere near the same as yours, but we both have our struggles to overcome. One step at a time we get a little better each time. Good days and bad days but we never give up and the good days come closer together! My hugs and prayers to you.



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LINDAKAY228
4/5/2014 10:21:58 AM

Thanks so much for you hugs! They mean a lot. We have our good and our bad days. But hopefully with time the good will outweigh the bad.



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SUSANNAH31
2/23/2014 12:13:19 PM

Hi. I hope you are doing well after the foot surgery.... and I'm just sending some good wishes your way.

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CHEBBA
2/18/2014 7:07:05 PM

Hi Cindy...just stopping by to ask about your feet and your puppy. That sounds weird, as if your puppy has been chewing your feet or something! Anyway, it's late in England so I'm off to sleep, but wishing you well.

All the best...

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