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Monday, August 02, 2010

I have had to ask David to help me get back on the exercise wagon and also to stop
eating ice cream, cookies, ice cream, candy, ice cream, chips and dip(especially cheese)
and did I mention chips n dip????

I figure if I can get him to commit to not eating it, as well as not in front of me,
he will lose the pounds he wants to lose and I can get more motivated too....It is hard
watching him chow down on stuff, even stuff he knows he should NOT be eating, and
keeping out of it myself.

I will save the problems with my doctor for a later post...LOL

LOL All ya'll keep your fingers crossed, I am weighing tomorrow.........

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DOTTYDRUID 8/5/2010 8:14AM

    How did the weigh in go Sis? Im stuck on the same plateau ive been on since I started on SP. It goes up and down by a pound or two but I always return to the same weight. I'm working on a new plan, and I hope you will help keep me on the straight and narrow. By for now I'll write soon Janey lol emoticon We've had rain, but dont tell anyone . They'll all want some.

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    Good luck and I hope you get the help you need to get back to the exercise and away from the chip and ice cream! I am so in the same boat right now..we can do this..we can get back in the mindset that we NEED this. Our health is too important and we CAN do this!!

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BGUMBA 8/4/2010 2:02PM

Hopefully David will understand and cooperate. If not, try keeping something for you to munch that won't be as damaging--he goes for chips & dip--you go for popcorn, carrots, celery, something crunchy. He goes for ice cream, you go for low fat yogurt.

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LAURIEANNIE1 8/3/2010 9:05AM

    Good luck to you and to David.

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    Ahh..ice cream. I've been using the excuse that I need the calcium....lmao. Hubby had to have ice cream for his peach cobbler (we have a peach tree). I just had to have the ice cream......

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JOHN49494949 8/3/2010 6:12AM

Hope you get back on the exercise wagon without too much effort...... No pun intended.

I still like the odd "special treat" myself. One thing could be to buy the smallest package of ice cream you can, rather than have a large amount available in the house. Similar for the other items. Maybe you can just buy one at a time from the store. But not if it causes too much friction...... I have on many occasions had to ask my kids (20, 20& 13)to eat in another room. They do not like it but it is my ( & Sharons) house. In my case they were eating a Thai curry and it was killing me. I had eaten it the day before but had to get them to move into the other room and then open a window.... Difficult here.... It is the middle of winter. No 100 degree days for us at he moment more like 50-60 F.

Hang in there. If he wants to "chow down" Go for a ride!!!!!! When it warms up that is what I will do.

Kindest Regards

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BLAKBIRD 8/3/2010 1:43AM

    This is going to sound so trite, but if you stack the refrigerator and pantry with healthy choices up front and bury the "gooder" stuff way at the back it MAY make it easier on both of you to make the right choices.

At the same time I'm sure that now you've explained to David, that eating these foods in front of you is undermining your efforts to get healthier and fitter, assuming straight talk, no telepathy, no hints and no beating around the bush. DH will be more than happy to get with the program.

Hope everything else is going well and that both are getting some miles on those fabulous steel horses.

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SOUPGAL 8/2/2010 9:49PM

    It is so hard to keep doing the right thing when temptation is so near. You are strong.

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BIKERBABE2BE 8/2/2010 5:32PM

    Good luck and keep us posted!

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SHY1965SJ 8/2/2010 5:21PM

    emoticonIce Cream OH YEAH I know Ice Cream emoticon

You can do it Darlene, but I know what you mean about the eating in front of you Doug does the same to me and sometime the will power is just not strong enough. We have to stay positive and do it and you can I have faith in you. keep up your good work.

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    emoticon Have you tried pirate booty? Check it out in the chip section~~

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SPARK GUY comment

Monday, July 19, 2010

You know, I was thinking this morning...(yes I know-I should be careful with that),
but it occurred to me that I owe Spark Guy Chris Downie more than I could ever
cover with a simple THANK YOU.

I have lost weight, was gifted with his book and learned some more things I didn't
know, and have this lovely site, free of charge to peruse and learn all kinds of
health related things, I get to have Spark points and awards for showing up on a
consistent basis.............recipes from all you Sparkers out in the world to try...and
all of this........is a gift.

My personal observation here on this is this: The friendships I have made on here
have supported me and blessed me beyond what I think even Chris would have expected.
We trip through this life and have so many things to be thankful for, and I hope everyone
who reads this does a kindness for someone else today.....because the generosity and
kindness that SPARK GUY CHRIS DOWNIE gave to us, is immeasurable.

Thank you Chris, for making such a difference in this world, for so many people who
you will likely never meet in person.


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SHELLB39 8/4/2010 7:25PM

    Thanks for putting it into words of gratefulness...all the best to you as you preserver to meet your goals emoticon

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SHIPESTA 8/1/2010 4:22PM

    I couldn't agree more!

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ELAOPET 8/1/2010 4:10PM

    Often think about the same thing. I too am very gratefull this site is here, AND free of charge (I'd never be here if it wasn't so, not only for the fact that I do not own a credit card) ... I feel so very much gratitude and admiration for Chris Downie. Isn't it amazing that in this cinical world you find that not ALL of it is foul!
This is a great gesture, great post and like someone else said - a class act! Glad Spark Guy saw it and maybe he will know that I too feel the same way as you

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MUMSKI 7/23/2010 9:53AM

    A great post Darlene, I couldn't have said it better myself.

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SIMPLY-EVA 7/22/2010 9:32PM

  Thanks Darlene for that wonderful post. I too am grateful for Chris and for the friends ive made on spark. Everyone is so nice and motivating. While Ive been in Florida I have really missed the opportunity to get on each day. I look forward to returning home soon so I can catch up.

Hope your having a wonderful time on your new bike!


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MRILEY123 7/22/2010 11:49AM

    Thanks for reminding us to say "thank you" every once in a while. We could easily take it for granted that we are entitled to all this great free information and networking on this fabulous website, but really, it's a gift from Chris. I add my thanks, too!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/22/2010 12:31AM

    I so agree with you. This site is such a wonderful springboard for making so many positive changes. To have a place that is so positive to come to is very powerful, and to have so many great people here to lend support, encouragement and to see everyone just cheering for eachother and spreading happiness to people they will more than likely never even meet in person is truly humbling.
Darlene, you are most definitely one of the positive influences here and I am grateful. You are always there to cheer and encourage and I appreciate you. My prayers are with you and David and I hope he gets better very soon.

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BLAKBIRD 7/21/2010 10:13PM

    Very nicely put.

And I see the subject of your admirable note stopped by to say Thanks. bet you didn't expect a visit so soon.

Truly a class ACT (D_ANN64 and SPARKGUY)


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HEIDIHYATT 7/21/2010 2:28PM

This is so true! Thanks to Chris, we have made some great friends and wonderful changes for ourselves.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 12:38PM

    I thank Chris every day for Spark People. Continuing spreading the "Spark"!!!

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    I am so happy for you and your changes!

I totally agree...
Thank You Spark Guy and all of the folks at SparkPeople! :D

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SPARKGUY 7/20/2010 3:39PM

    Thanks a bunch Darlene and everyone else, I appreciate it! We're all in this together as a great team helping each other and spreading the spark -- together we could change the world!


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DIANESNEWLIFE 7/20/2010 3:33PM

  I completely agree! It's not something we can put a price tag on, but it certainly IS a gift!

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SANDYMAE3 7/20/2010 11:42AM

    amen, i have thanked chris more times than i can count. and at christmas we need to send him a card. thanks darlene for this lovely letter. bel

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LAURIEANNIE1 7/20/2010 9:57AM

    I agree with you

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SP_COACH_DENISE 7/19/2010 10:30PM

    Thanks for the kind words! I will pass this along to Chris to make sure he sees it.


Coach Denise

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BUGLET- 7/19/2010 8:55PM

    I appreciate this site also. It means so much to so many of us. Thank you too... emoticon

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PENNYLOU7 7/19/2010 8:12PM

    I concur. What a wonderful blessing SparkPeople is. Thanks for giving us "food for thought" Darlene.

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JUNEBUG1944 7/19/2010 6:37PM

    Thanks for writing that! I'm sure many of us feel that way! I hope everyone has clicked on "I liked this Blog" so it gets featured!

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DOTTYDRUID 7/19/2010 6:04PM

    I agree wholeheartedly with you Sis. I have enjoyed SP from the very beginning, and have become more and more hooked on the site than I could have imagined. I never realized til you expressed this exactly how much it does help and influence me. And of course I met you through SP, for which I shall always be grateful, and for my other SP friends. Thank you again Chris.It must be so satisfying to know how you have helped so many people achieve their desires. Well done!!! emoticon

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RACKETMOM 7/19/2010 2:43PM

    Yep, I was so skeptical when I started here about the freeness of this site, and am still waiting on my bill to show up anyday now! LOL
Whatever the total, it could never be enough for what SP has given & is giving me!

I'm sure all Chris would say is "Keep spreading the Spark!"

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BAMAMAMA130 7/19/2010 2:29PM

    It still amazes me that we get Sparkpeople free!!
Thank you Chris for the wonderful gift!!

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QUEENIE2U 7/19/2010 2:27PM

    Nicely said!

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    What a beautiful blog! I do really enjoy this site, and the people I've made friends with, and that fact that it is free is a tremendous gift. Blessings on your grateful heart.

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SLIMPAM23 7/19/2010 1:54PM

    I couldn't have said it better myself!! Thanks Chris and staff and all my SP Friends!!!

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BARBARASDIET 7/19/2010 1:41PM

    I agree--thanks, Chris!!

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ASMARTERWAY 7/19/2010 1:24PM

    I'm sure any one of us could have made that comment and I'm sure you speak on behalf of many, myself included.

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BJW-FARMGIRL 7/19/2010 1:23PM

    I second this remark!

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BSKTCON 7/19/2010 1:22PM

    That's so great that you took the time to realize what a gift SP is, and to give thanks for it. You rock!

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FRIDAY update

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thanks to everyone who has been praying and sending positive vibes, THATS FIRST....

Now, the dr. called and I am thankful to God it is not the tumor, the mri showed
no change in that, but what it and the xrays did show are new bone spurs and
acceleration of Arthritis in the herniated discs and around them.

This I also have so we know we can deal with this, and the dr. put him on a round of steroids to get the inflamation down and so we have to find a way to deal with it for
him because he does not like to take a lot of meds, but will do so just to get the
pain level down where he can deal with it.

Thanks are inadequate words for the immediate rush of support from you guys, which
has helped me stay calm and focused. You know I am here for you as well.....

Thank you so much from our hearts,
Darlene and David

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 7/22/2010 12:24AM

    Will keep praying, Darlene. Hope the pain gets better for him. Hang in there and take care of yourself also!

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SANDYMAE3 7/20/2010 11:52AM

    i prayed so hard for david,and prayed for strength for you. now im going through the same thing. oh wo be me. its so good to have a prayer chain,and good friends and jesus christ in our lives, who touches us everyday with his infinite love. bel

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PENNYLOU7 7/17/2010 8:40PM

    Hang tough. emoticon

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BLAKBIRD 7/17/2010 6:54PM

    WOW - you are an inspiration, Nervouswrckiam too.

With all that's going on in your lives right now you somehow manage to make time to thank your extended family.

I'm not sure I could be as positive but with y'all for examples I may be able to get there someday.

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NATHANJOSUE6 7/17/2010 12:04PM

  Thank the Lord!! You know exactly how it feels (since you also have that problem) so you will be able to help him more..Hope he starts feeling well soon - HUGS!

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HARLEYFREAK 7/17/2010 10:11AM

  Glad to hear there is no tumor. Praise God!!!! I understand David is still having a great deal of pain, and will be praying for this to get better. Even though he does not like to take medication, a pill a day is better than having to face surgery.
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    Many prayers, Darlene. I have a patient too, daughter Melanie. We have to take care of our loved ones!

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BUGLET- 7/16/2010 8:38PM

    God does answer prayer! I'm happy it's not the tumor. I am thankful I have no arthiritis, I'm very lucky that way.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOTTYDRUID 7/16/2010 5:18PM

    Hi sis! Give my love to David. Its with you always, as I hope you know. My thoughts and prayers are also with you both. emoticon Janey

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KARLYNCANDOIT 7/16/2010 5:05PM

    emoticon Stay strong.. Thinking of you and yours! emoticon

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SIMPLY-EVA 7/16/2010 5:04PM

  Hi! I just read your update. I am sending prayers your way, I know they are a little late, I hope they can send some comfort.


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Thursday update

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I have to laugh here, because I am, as promised writing an update, but he got
his x-rays and MRI's this morning, and so far that is all we know. David feels
like we may not hear anything from the dr. until tomorrow.

Thanks to each of you for posting and praying. As soon as I get a report and
we determine what needs done, I will be emailing each of you, as well as
posting a blog....

And, last but not least, this would be the week when we have yahoo problems
and I have gotten no Sparkmail in two days.

Blessings on each of you,

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ISAWAPUTTYTAT 7/19/2010 1:38PM

    Hi Dar Sorry he is having so many problems hope it all works out and i will call you and see how things are going i am at the library for a couple of days just to stay cool if i can ya know?

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DILL_PICKLE5 7/18/2010 11:46AM

    Hope things come out ok!!!

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67CAMARO_SS 7/16/2010 8:35AM

    Hoping & praying for the best possible outcome for all of this. God bless you both - & keep us posted whenever you can.

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BUGLET- 7/16/2010 7:53AM

    More prayers coming! Hugs to you, dear friend~
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BLAKBIRD 7/15/2010 10:02PM

    Thank you for posting updates.

Now go and molly coddle your DH, Ignore him when he grumbles about not being a baby - LOL

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PENNYLOU7 7/15/2010 7:46PM

    Thanks for the update. Hang in there!

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DOINFINE 7/15/2010 12:59PM

    Like Tom Petty says, The waiting is the hardest part. I will keep you both in my prayers. He's very fortunate to have a loving, caring, Godly wife like you. emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/15/2010 12:56PM

    Will continue to keep each of you in my thoughts and prayers. Do take care.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

As some of you know, David has had some health issues, the majority of which are
connected to his service in Vietnam.
He mentioned to me Monday night the base of his neck was causing him discomfort,
which is a huge admission for him, because he never mentioned pain even when he
had his open heart surgery. He wanted to wait til August when he is due to see his
primary care, I called his neurosurgeon in Birmingham and also the primary, and we
saw the primary this morning. He sent him for an MRI tomorrow morning. When it
comes to his health I don't mess around.

The dr. does not think his brain tumor is causing this problem, rather the two herniated
discs in his neck, hence the MRI so we will know which specialist he will need to see.

We have also consulted with a neck and spine specialist who sent him for pain blocks
previously, not much help, and who said it was up to him when or if he chose to have
surgery on his neck. The worst would be a possible paraplegic state, which for him
would be terrible since he can't sit still, and/or not being able to speak. The titanium
in his neck would probably keep him from turning his head, so he would be limited in
his activities, like driving a vehicle or riding his bike.

I am asking for prayer for him because any time he has to undergo a procedure, with his
health issues, anethesia is dangerous.

I will keep you posted as to what is going on. It may very well turn out to be something
we can find a simple solution to..................which is my prayer.

Thanks so much,

Thanks everyone. My support here is priceless to me.....I'll post tomorrow after he has
his MRI. I don't know how long it will take the dr. to get the results but, I will post

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BLAKBIRD 7/15/2010 9:59PM

    Oh I've been so busy, I haven't been following what's going on in the real world.

As of this moment your DH is at the top of my list, and lots of positive thoughts being beamed your way.

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SLIMPAM23 7/15/2010 1:33PM

    This slipped under my radar yesterday - but I have you both on my prayer list now. Keep us posted and I am sure this will all turn out OK.

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CORKYTHEMOM 7/15/2010 11:29AM

    Darlene, I am a member of A Safe & Happy Home For Grievers team. I just saw your blog. My heartfelt prayers, positive thoughts and healing hugs are reaching out to you and David. Know that you are not having to go through this difficult time by yourself ..... You are among a lot of people that care for you and David. Right by your side, holding your hand in friendship, as you await the results. Sending many hugs from my home in Missouri to your home.

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NATHANJOSUE6 7/15/2010 12:37AM


You and David will be in my prayers tonight.

Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to share our human nature, to redeem all people, and to heal the sick. With this in mind I beg You to look with compassion on Your humble servant David, support him with Your power, comfort him with Your protection, and give him the strength needed to fight against evil. Amen

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LONKEN 7/14/2010 11:45PM

    You are both in my prayers. I had to have 2 MRI's. I hated them.

I know that this is tough on you. My DH isn't a sharer either.

I will be praying for a quick, easy solution.

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BUGLET- 7/14/2010 8:51PM

    I will also pray for you both. I didn't realize he had so many health issues. May God bless you both and may he let him still be able to ride~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DODGEEWE 7/14/2010 7:20PM

    You are both in my prayers. I hope all goes well.

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DIANESNEWLIFE 7/14/2010 4:30PM

  You are both in my prayers!

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HWY63NORTH 7/14/2010 4:15PM

    You and David are in my prayers.

God Bless


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DOINFINE 7/14/2010 3:54PM

    Darlene, I'll never forget how you and David helped me when I needed it. You were both right there for me.
I will indeed put David and you in my prayers and also on my prayer list at church. God is in control and He loves us, each and every one. Nothing happens without Him knowing.
May He hold you in His arms and heal all your diseases, like the Bible says.
Your friend, Sue emoticon

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JANEXA 7/14/2010 3:22PM

    You both are in my prayers and thoughts. David is blessed to have you in his life. emoticon

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PENNYLOU7 7/14/2010 3:22PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the both of you. emoticon
Hang in there!

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AKAFIT 7/14/2010 1:33PM


My prayers are with both of you. May you continue to lean on God for assurance as well as strength through all of this.

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BIKERBABE2BE 7/14/2010 1:30PM

    MORE emoticon and many, many prayers. Keep us posted!

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