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Soul Collage, The Comforter

Sunday, October 28, 2012

At a weeklong writing workshop at Campbell Folk School in NC, I learned about Soul Collage Cards. That was not the topic for the classes, but I went home, researched the what and the how, and started creating a set of cards. I had no idea what the cards would be as I started each one. I seem to have created "Committee" cards. Then 2 years later I got my cancer diagnosis and I have been amazed at the cards I created, the words that went with them and how much they have meant to me the last 5 years.

I feel there is a friend on SP who might benefit from seeing my cards, so I'm going to post some of them in the next few days.

You can learn more about creating your own cards at

And there appears to be a Soul Collage team here on SP.

I am the Healer and Comforter.

I am not like the medical doctors you know.
I heal just by being.
Imagine wrapping up in a warm cozy blanket when you’re cold.
Imagine a warm cup of tea flowing throughout your body and soul.
Feel the hope as you see my loving smile.
Take comfort in that rough lick and know that I AM the one who will bring the sunshine back into your life.

--Sue Atkins 2005

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JAE_HENNINGTON 11/2/2012 9:51AM

  Oh, I like this very much and I really needed to see this today

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LVSHOPE 11/1/2012 4:52PM

    Wow! Such a treasure!

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Is Life a Mountain

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I received a notice that one of my teams has a new member. I visited Jae_Hennington's SP page to get to know her. I found her SP Page information about her to be very interesting. She talks about life's mountain and must really be worrying about getting old because she referred to how much she hated it several times.

Interesting thoughts about the "Mountain of Life." I have always compared my life journey to a journey west, kind of like the pioneers. Always one more mountain to climb, a new vista at the top, the unknown on the other side. At times struggling for a foothold, at times lazily crossing the flatlands, though possibly a little boring. I looked at the valleys as the down times when times were difficult like grandmother or grandfather or dad's death or my cancer and its return. I looked at the whole journey as an exciting undertaking with risks, and always a sense of expectancy to find out what would happen next and lots of opportunities to help others along the way.

I even had groups of students at school and church do timelines of their life, with time on a horizontal middle line. Then dots above and below the line with absolutely wonder events way above the line and absolutely horrible events toward the bottom. So teenagers might put graduation or getting their driver's license near the top, or breaking up with a boyfriend near the bottom. They then connected the dots showing mountains and valleys.

Jae talks about how time is flying now that she is older. Perhaps that little bundle she is holding is responsible for all of this worry about time left.

For me, sometimes Mondays came around a little too quickly, but I've always looked at my life that I was just one day older, every day. Most times when someone asks my age, I have to do the math or I tell them when I was born and make them do the subtracting. Sometimes in the valleys time seemed to drag too long. Like waiting to finish radiation treatments. Like waiting to lose the desired weight. Now there's something that seemed to happen faster that the speed of light--putting on the pounds while I was taking steroids. My head was spinning. Every Monday I'd go for chemotherapy. Scales first which always registered 1-2 more pounds added. Then the steroid added to the mix to help my body handle the effects of chemotherapy. 70 pounds later, I finally said ENOUGH!! Let's see if I can do this without the steroid.

But I do understand my body not being able to do what it used to do. I was blaming that on all the radiation and chemotherapy. But I think I need to blame it on not taking care of myself, not eating properly. Thinking that I was invincible. I smoked before we knew how horrific its effects were, and had a difficult time stopping once we DID understand the dangers, even with the prescription for nicorette gum and chomping that for a whole year.

I definitely ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I'm still waiting to see how much of that I can blame on the food manufacturers like I blame my smoking and subsequent addiction on the cigarette manufacturers who knew exactly what they were doing.

Well, I'm eating healthy whole foods, being active, losing weight, following doctor's orders, asking questions, searching for answers, and continue to be a child of the 60's. I've even planted a fall garden with LOTS of salad greens, for the first time in my life. Now, I believe harvesting my first salad will be a mountaintop experience.

I am going to work hard to keep on moving and thinking and remembering and contributing and loving. My age has no bearing on those things. I used to equate memory loss with old age. But my middle school students couldn't remember what day it was. We understood each other, even though there was about 3 generations separating us.

How do you look at aging and your life's journey?

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-VIXEN- 10/27/2012 7:27PM

    I am pretty darn happy about aging simply because I get the opportunity to do so. I have lost friends and family members who didn't get to make it past what is considered middle age, so I have chosen to celebrate the journey and honor it by committing to a healthy lifestyle and an attitude of gratitude. :)

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DINGESSD 10/27/2012 5:17PM

  age can be as you would have it to be

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Rumor Has It . . .

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I saw a young friend today at the checkout. I haven't seen her in a while. Her son was along in the cart and I heard all about everyone he has (like siblings, a mom, a grandma). His mom asked me how I was doing because rumor has it that I had died.

I told her to put the rumor to rest because I feel better than I have in ten years. I was so startled by her comment that I didn't tell her about my stellar PET scan report I had just received at the oncologist this morning.

I have so much to be thankful for:
I have no cancer anywhere,
I have been able to retire,
I'm losing weight with the help of Spark People,
my doctors have "fixed" all the cronic ailments that I thought were going to plague me because of the long term chemotherapy
The place in NC where I can go now for extended periods since I'm not tied to the doctors in Florida as tightly, long enough so that people wonder if I died.

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SAGELADY2 10/27/2012 10:39AM

    Good news on your life in general. Glad to hear you are progressing in a lot of areas in your life.

It's good to have a fun place to get away to. Mine will be in FL hopefully sooner rather than later. :-)

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CHRISTINASP 10/27/2012 3:49AM

    Wow that may be shocking to hear what that woman said!
Yes you have so much to be thankful and I like it that you list it!

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STONECOT 10/26/2012 8:53AM

    Glorious to wake up in the morning and know you're alive isn't it. I'm waiting for my five year all clear, hopefully next week, and boy, am I going to celebrate! emoticon

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KIWIANN 10/26/2012 8:46AM

    Glad that rumor was not true!! emoticon for your clean PET scan!! emoticon emoticon That is FABULOUS news!! And I am so happy to see you back on SP - I've missed you!! emoticon

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LINDA! 10/25/2012 11:42PM

    Great blog!

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One Word Response Blog a la Nuttmegg9

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thanks to Nuttmegg9 for giving me this challenge of answering each question with only one word. We'll see.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

I guess what makes this difficult is my desire to explain and describe, AND inability to choose just one thing. Interesting that Most of my answers were different from Nuttmegg9's answers.

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LITTLEWIND53 10/26/2012 10:58AM

    That would be very hard for me to do in just one word -- hard to do in 10 or less even.... (21)

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JANETTEB553 10/24/2012 11:23PM


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Spark People Screen Candy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

While I'd really like to be able to see my whole SP Display, this good looking piece of eye candy is now gracing my SP screen with no X Box to close the ad. I can click on the ad and no matter how many times I open the new screen, this good lookin' virtual guy stays with me. I wish I could find a live guy with the same qualities.

Thankfully, I'm pretty good at figuring out what is lurking behind him. But at times, he is rather annoying. He doesn't listen when I tell him to go get a life.

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CHRISTINASP 10/25/2012 5:38AM

    I think he's in love with you...! :)

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NSTARSMITH 10/24/2012 2:01PM

    Hee hee! He's like a lot of guys, eh?

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TERRIJ7 10/24/2012 11:10AM


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