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The Importance of Happiness

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 after a two year battle, he passed away on December 21, 2013. I ...
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 after a two year battle, he passed away on December 21, 2013. I can take some comfort in knowing those two best friends are together again.

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.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindymccr
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CYBERCITYSHELL
8/24/2014 11:57:46 PM

Thanks Cindy on your comment on my blog. You are right, we all have different experiences throughout life. And we take them experiences with us and they help make us the people that we are. Thankyou for the birthday comment, fifty is such a huge milestone for me. I am not sure if I'd like fifty more, but who knows people are living to be older. It depends at what expense, another thirty years would be great. But we take every day and make the most of it, because we really don't know how long we have. Which is why us Sparkies are on a mission to be as healthy as we can be. Thank you Cindy.
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NOLAHORSERIDER
8/20/2014 8:13:47 PM

Hi there.. Thanks for the comment on my page... Well, if you were on such heavy drugs they should have given you the walker and me the crutches! LOL But either way, I am very happy to hear that you are doing better. Good Luck going back to work too! :)

Staying focused and aiming for the goal!!!

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LINDAKAY228
8/20/2014 5:30:54 PM

So glad you have a date to go back to work!!! Being friends with others is what helps me cope so this is good for me too! I love being friends with you anyway, but there is that other motive too LOL. I refuse to just withdraw and feel sorry for myself. I know you have so much between losing your husband and this that you could do the same. But we are going to live life to the best we can! No giving up for us!



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ODAT1117
8/20/2014 2:23:05 PM

Hey there!!

Thanks for the comment on my page. :-) Yup, it was definitely a challenge being on crutches with younger kids. It sure worked out well at the time, though. I'm glad you have a house where you can actually use a wheelchair effectively. In our quad level house, that, uh, wouldn't really work. lol :-)

Soooooooo............what did the doctor say?????????????????????????



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8/18/2014 10:48:45 PM

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