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from an email I just received very thought provoking...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This really made me think of What Our Men and Women in the Military are doing for all of us around the world.

Band of Brothers Hero

A friend that sent this to me is a hero himself, he was shot down over Hiphong Harbor and served 5.5 yrs as a POW with McCain et al. Al Carpenter (a4e) was in airborne radar school with me and a friend serving in VW-15.


One of the "Band of Brothers" soldiers died on June 17, 2009.

We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services.

I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy
Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st
Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel,
you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself
is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't
know who he was at the time. I just saw an20elderly gentleman having
trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the
right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne,
on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne
or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st. I
thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many
jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so,
and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . " at which point my heart skipped.

At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training
jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . do you know where
Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what
D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland,
into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . . and then I
realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said
"Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left,
and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my
throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in
Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get
him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I
got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his
in coach.

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are
still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an
old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are
brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall to wall20back to back 24x7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.
Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet
way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the
Rest in peace, Shifty.

"A nation without heroes is nothing." - Roberto Clemente

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SMILINGEYES2 7/18/2009 12:23PM

    This was very touching. Thank you for sharing it with us. Linda

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Short and Sweet

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's still stressful today on the home front. Good news is that DH and I both did not stuff ourselves with junk. Keep to the program and wrote everything down.
Just wanted to thank everybody for the uplifting support and good wishes.
Have a great evening and know you all are in my heart and prayers.
Blessings and Hugs

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IF-SO-GIRL 7/16/2009 11:42PM

    So sorry you are feeling stressed. Wish we could remove that word from the dictionary. I am too and think half the time it's the reason I have so much stomach problems.

Glad your remaining strong and not stuffing yourself. That's good!!!

I love the cute cartoon pic it's adorable.

Take one day at a time and perhaps go for a walk it's suppose to help release stress.

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TLCHEEK 7/16/2009 10:03PM

    Hey Donna!

So happy to hear things are turning around and that you are back on track!!

Keep up the great work and positive vibrations!



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Day 3 of being recommitted

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday was day one and it went much better with the weighing and measuring. Yesterday even better until I started to get compulsive that everything has to be measured correctly. No eyeballing. Poor DH all he wanted to do was put 1 tablespoon of Sour cream on my small baked potato. (but not with a measuring spoon)
You would have thought the world was coming to an end at that exact moment. tears welled up and I had to take mental not of what I was doing.
Today was much better. No outbursts lol everything I did was right and I felt good.
Sodium levels are good and I feel so much better. Even getting behind the wheel of my SUV feels good. No more belly rubbing or pushing against the steering wheel.
More walking no SOB (oops Short of Breath) and exercising seems better too. the Fibro pain is there with the arthritis, but I am trying to work thought it all too.
One day at a time, and it seems to be falling back in place. Ok Ok I know...only day 3. Please click the link and know that we all can do it. We just need our One moment in time!!!
This is our time to shine.


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PATSDIARY 7/16/2009 10:10AM

    You go girl! You can do it, and it is great that you are feeling good about yourself. Have a GREAT day!


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From my heart

Monday, July 13, 2009

I am humbled before you all. You generosity, kindness and compassionate support is far exceeds what my words can express. You have lifted my spirits and made me see the road I need to travel. I know as I have said many times.. each road we travel maybe filled with bumps and it is our God a given Opportunity to navigate it to the best of our ability each day.
I guess I got to cocky and have to ingest my own words and your wonderful words.
Thank you does not seem enough to say. Please know as you all touched my heart and lifted me up with your outstretched hands. I am here to do the same for each and everyone of you.
I guess the song.. You've got a friend.. rings true.

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SMILINGEYES2 7/14/2009 1:52PM

    You are such a dear friend and you do encourage other members. Thank you for expressing so well how others fell but could not express as eloquently. Linda

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Slipped , fell and trying to pull myself up

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I need some support., and I need to face the reality of my mistakes today.
I am really struggling with the weight now. I weighed myself and I am up 4 lbs. I have had to much sodium for a few days and just plain over estimated my portions. I figured it out that my dinners are the killers and not eating at a good time. Then staying up late not helping. In stead of actually weighing it all out I guessed at the portions. I feel so ashamed and disgusted with myself. funny Sp posted an article about 25 ways to get back on track today. Guess they heard my cries. I needed to come clean with my peers so that I can do one of the 12 steps and my own step of Honesty.
I am trying to make it a brand new day!!!
I am giving it my best shot.
DH and I are going to get new measuring stuff today and he is my rock.
Thanks for listening. I am so sorry if I let any of you down besides my self. I tried to be encouraging for others because for so many years all I had was negative responses to all the weight issues. I like all of you have walked the path of negative remarks and how bad we felt. To all of you.. You are awesome and taking the right steps and making the right choices and Please Please do not let anything get in your way. Least of all my fall. Even to this day..
I still hate looking in the mirror and I do not own a full length mirror.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/13/2009 1:29PM

    Donna, You have had a bad couple of days, that's ok. We have all been there and will be there at least once or twice again. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off (maybe a swift kick to the seat of the pants) and get moving again. You already figured this out and are getting back on track again.
God gives us a new day every 24 hours, start fresh. Each day is a new beginning, treat it as such. Make the most of every day that God gives you.
Wake up each morning knowing that you have been given a new chance, put a smile on your face, give yourself a little pep talk because you know you can do this and get your day started with a happy thought, and thank God you have this new day. Before you go to sleep each night, thank God for the day you have just had and a pat on your back for a job well done...that you did the best you could for that day.
I hope this helps a little. You are in control! You are working toward making yourself a healthier you. You can do this!!!
Any time you want to chat, vent, or have a blessing, just drop me a line...a spark mail, an email, or a comment on my spark page. I will get back to you. I am also diabetic and know exactly what you mean. But just remember "the emoticon will come out tomorrow"!!
God bless you as you continue your journey to a healthier you.

P.S. Just remember, there are days I walk into walls too!!!! I just smile and look for the door.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/12/2009 6:20PM

    Don't beat yourself up. You know what went wrong and you are working to fix it. I definitely need to measure everything - I am very poor at estimating. I bought a scale for home and measuring spoons and cups for both home and the office. I used to be embarrassed to use them in front of other people but I don't care anymore. SP works if you stick to it.

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PATSDIARY 7/12/2009 2:00PM

    Donna, My heart goes out to you. Don't beat yourself up over the past - it's a new day. And you are mourning the loss of your sweet fur babies. Yes, you need to jump back on the track, but we all fall off sometimes, and all we can do is try again. Measure everything for a week or 2, and see how the results show. It will inspire you!

Your health is the most important gift you can give to yourself, your husband, your friends and your family. As a survivor, you CAN do this!!!


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APRILNFO 7/12/2009 1:00PM

    Maybe it's me, but I feel you are on the right road to success. You analyzed your situation, found the problem, and figured out a resolution. Now if that's not achievement I don't know what is.

Don't dwell too much on what has happened it's in the past. Turn your attention to today and what you can do to make it work in your favor.

Just keep your head up, this too shall past. emoticon

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LYNETTE185 7/12/2009 12:57PM

    I'm sorry that you're struggling. When I focus on the overall immensity of my task, I get overwhelmed. One day, a few days, it's just that if I allow it to be.

ON the other hand, I can club myself over the head with I'VE FAILED I'VE FAILED and the rest that comes with it, and end up gaining 50 pounds.

That part is a choice. It's a choice to sit and not eat when everything in me is screaming for food. It's a choice to weigh and measure when I want to nibble and snack.

You are doing this. You just had some bad days and I know that four pounds is discouraging. But you have good reasons for losing weight and you've already done one of the hardest things anyone can do, going through BC and surviving that. You're amazing, strong, capable, and able to get this train back on the track.

Hope this is a better day for you . . .

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STORMFAN 7/12/2009 12:43PM

    Wow welcome to my club. Since being alone I am finding it easier but I do use a food scale and am always shocked at the portion size. So get moving you have learned a valuable lesson, nothing bad has happened.

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GILLIANMASTERS 7/12/2009 11:43AM

    We all make mistakes it is part of being human. The only one that is perfect is God. So try not to be so hard on yourself. Pick yourself up, realize your mistakes, and strive to do better next time. We are all here rooting for you. You support nd help many of us, now it is our turn to repay the favor. You can do it. I have faith in you and God's plans for you.


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DEE797 7/12/2009 11:23AM

    Please don't be so hard on yourself. We all have setbacks and once we recognize what we can do better than that is what we need to do. You are making some changes to help yourself. Remember baby steps, this didn't happen overnight but you are moving in the right direction. Much success on your journey.


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