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Life "Sucks", and then you "Live"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Some days are very "low" on my "awesome" scale! If I am out of bed for about 10 minutes and have already dropped my cup of coffee into the kitty litter that I was about to change, I know that it will be a less than perfect day! Some days are actually diamonds, and some days aree the furthest thing from that! It's kind of funny, though, that the days when something strange or uncoordinated actually make the better stories to tell. So, I guess if life were all a series of squeaky clean, fantastic moments, you would have nothing to compare it to-I think that I would rather go through life with a few scrapes and laughs and semi-magic moments to make the good times even more special. I think too that the more we fail and fall and make a jerk out of ourselves that the more prepared we are to be tough when we have to! Instead of trying to get over the top of that mountain,just try to get over the next hill, and then the next, etc., etc., etc....... Keeo your goals realistic, and then you won't be so hard on yourself if you have a bad day! Just remember-behind every bad day usually follows a good day! As always, keep faith in the Rock Star that you are!

  
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SHARJOPAUL 11/13/2014 4:45PM

    If good days are diamonds then a bad day is just a diamond in the rough.

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2014 2:58PM

    The sun always shines after a storm, doesn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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OLDERDANDRT 11/13/2014 11:33AM

    These are some of the most inspiring words of wisdom I have ever read!! Sure it was not a fun way to start the day dropping your coffee in the litter box. (*giggle* - I'm sure you saw the humor in that maybe the next day or so ), but look at you!!! Look what you've been through and lived to tell the tale!! You, my dear, are quite the success story! I see you as the diamond, sweetie. Keep living life with great expectations, taking all the trips and missteps as simple lessons along the way. You are doing soooo wonderfully!!! Know that you are loved and looked up to for the Rock Star you are!!!! And while you're at it, have a most excellent day!! (((HUGS)))

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/13/2014 10:58AM

    I totally agree! I hope the rest of the day is a good one.

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MCGS62 11/13/2014 9:37AM

    Keep the Faith !!
and change the kitty litter LOL !!

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NATPLUMMER 11/13/2014 9:16AM

    Well said, my friend. Rock on!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/13/2014 6:44AM

    we all have those 'days'..... hope yours gets better

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DJ4HEALTH 11/12/2014 11:16PM

    Maybe your cat was thinking that he wanted some coffee too!! emoticon

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The "gift", and the "price"

Monday, November 10, 2014

This last year I am sure that many of you thought I was abducted by aliens, or dropped off the planet, but this fatrockstar is still very much alive, and after about a year, finally "well." I was the "victim " of a cruel twist of fate, which means that I had 3 cancer surgeries within 6 weeks. Last August, I had my first mammogram, and ended up with bilateral breast cancer. Imagine my surprise when I learned that each tumor was about the size of my little pinky fingernail! Even the self-exams by myself and the office nurse could not feel a "mass." Unfortunately, it was ductal cancer which means that it was traveling on the breast duct "superhighway!" I have no doubt whatsoever that I would have died if it had not been for the mammogram and subsiquent biopsies. Now, breast cancer is not common in my family, but it is now! Six weeks later I had a hysterectomy for post-menopausal bleeding! This too was cancer. I got to learn first-hand that there are medical staff out there in the big world who are nothing short of "miracle workers!" I went from someone who didn't even take any medication to someone who takes a few pills. I learned everything that you didn't want to find out about chemo firsthand. I got to see what the "buzz" was about radiation! I feel incredibly lucky to be alive! I am happy to hear that for the present time I am "cancerfree!" I didn't merely survive, I prevailed. I hope to be able to take my "gift" of life and happiness, and try to pay it "forward" to others who are also in their "dark place" and try to make it alittle brighter! I am not going to give in and say I am "horrible" or "bad" at times, but rather say "I am OK" because my mind is not going to hear anything which is not positive or productive! Life is good, and so please, my spark friends, do not forget to ROCK!!!!!!

  
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GRAMPAM 11/17/2014 8:17PM

    I am glad you are back. I admire your strength and positive attitude. YOU ROCK!!!!!

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MILESGLORIOSUS 11/12/2014 12:58AM

    Way to Kick cancer cushy little butt!!! I'm glad you are cancer free. I always look forward to your updates and blogs and pray you will continue to thrive!!!

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IUHRYTR 11/11/2014 8:41PM

    I admire your positive attitude. Hang in there and keep making every day the best day you can for you have been blessed. emoticon -- Lou

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SHARJOPAUL 11/11/2014 4:53PM

    Like Vietnam vets said "I'll go to heaven when I die, I spent my time in hell." The past year has been hell for you, but it sounds like you came through it a stronger person. May your follow-ups continue to be positive..

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OLDERDANDRT 11/11/2014 11:35AM

    OH my! Normandy, you rock, my friend!! You've been through hell and are still standing!! I would expect nothing less of the "rock star"!!!! So pleased that you have won your battles!! And that you are back!! I've really missed you and really wished I could have been there in person for you!!
Rock on sweetie!! Love ya!! (((HUGS)))

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NELLJONES 11/11/2014 8:38AM

    You've been through a lot! emoticon

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MCGS62 11/11/2014 8:28AM

    Wow!! Glad to hear from you again and hope you keep well !! emoticon

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SMITHKRISTI 11/11/2014 7:42AM

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INGMARIE 11/11/2014 7:38AM

    emoticon emoticon So glad to see you here again
and Yes I thought you been abducted LOL
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/11/2014 6:19AM

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It's time to party!!! Thx for sharing your journey. I'm so glad you are on this side and going strong!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/10/2014 11:47PM

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GAYLEP1957 11/10/2014 9:26PM

    I am so glad to hear you are "cancer free". You have had a tough year and came out on top! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/10/2014 9:24PM

    I am so happy to hear that you are now doing well.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2014 9:17PM

    You certainly have been through a nightmare, GF!! I'm so glad to hear from you and that you beat this! Welcome home! emoticon

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The fabulous "Lot" sisters

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In a kingdom, far away, lived a girl. She had a quiet, ordinary life by most standards. One day, when she was having a particularly bad day, she became familiar with some characters I like to call the Lot sisters. There is Mona ,who likes to think that her life is more tragic than a Shakespearian play. There is B_tcha Lot, who complains endlessly that "life" is not "fair", and there is Whina Lot, who makes listening to her torture. Instead of becoming fast friends with these people who manage to "suck" the life out of life, the girl decided to seek other companions. She made a life-long friends with a different group of Lot sisters. There was Trya Lot, who always seemed to sleep well after putting her heart into every project. There was Smila Lot, who managed to melt even the coldest day,and last but most important, there was Praya Lot , who discovered that sometimes in life you need help from someone much stronger than yourself! Those truly are fabulous to know! Rock on! Normandy

  
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BUTEAFULL 11/4/2014 8:44PM

    just re-read this blog for inspiration

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IUHRYTR 10/27/2013 11:36PM

    We need to add the most important Lot lady -- Rockstaralot! emoticon -- Lou

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LJCANNON 10/24/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon Very insightful Blog!! I think I would much prefer hanging out with the Latter Lot Sisters!! I've known plenty of the First Group!!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/24/2013 1:52PM

    You, my friend are one of the latter Lot sisters!! Love ya!! Rock on!! ((HUGS))

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GARDENCHRIS 10/24/2013 1:38PM

    amen!

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PATTYKLAVER 10/24/2013 8:42AM

    What a lovely story! I wish I could meet more of the second set of Lot Sisters.

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INGMARIE 10/24/2013 7:21AM

    emoticon a good reminder of how we should be doing.
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PAMNANGEL 10/24/2013 2:20AM

    I think I'm related to the first 3 Lot sisters. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 10/23/2013 11:50PM

    Excellent post! That really hit the spot!

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PMFISH 10/23/2013 11:00PM

    Cute!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2013 10:44PM

    Loved it!!!

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"Down", but not "Done"

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I was trying to get myself in a healthier "place" a couple of monthes ago, and signed up for some "free" tests. The bone density test I came through with flying colors. The mammagram was my first, and although I had always been careful to do "self-exams" and watch for lumps, I was literally "blown away" with the results! I had masses in both breasts and ended up with surgery and reconstruction. Let me tell you that this is alot to handle in just a couple of monthes! I remember back when I first got out of nursing school. Florence Nightingale and I were classmates lol! Anyway, the radical mastectomies of that time were like seeing "train tracks"on these poor woman's chests,and they lost alot of the use of their arms. If there is a bright note in this blog, it is that I was so fortunate to have this happen now. Well, I had my surgeries-They did find cancer in some of the lymph nodes so I am also looking at chemo and radiation in the future. So, what's the "up" part of the story? My mom has been taking fantastic care of me, and although she had a broken back and I had moved in with her to care for her, now she is helping me! So, the long and short of this story is, I believe I was being looked after by an angel through all of this! I have a long road ahead, but feel very lucky to be able to share this with my spark friends! Rock on !!!!!!!!!!!

  
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IUHRYTR 10/27/2013 11:32PM

    Such a scary ordeal to go through. Praying for you to come through the treatments with no lasting effects. Wasn't it fortunate that your mom is there to help after you moved in with her to care for her? Strange how things work out sometimes. Stay positive. emoticon -- Lou

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PATTYKLAVER 10/26/2013 5:11PM

    I am so glad that you thought to have the tests and that you came through your surgeries. I wish for you a speedy recovery.

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WALKZWDOGZ 10/25/2013 4:11AM

    Thank God they found it & for free tests. We'll be praying for continued healing! SO glad you're back & Sparkling! emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/24/2013 9:09PM

    emoticon It is good to see you and I am Very Thankful that you are on the road the Health! I am praying that you don't have to have Chemo or Radiation, but IO know that you will handle it gracefully if you do.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/23/2013 8:05PM

    I'd say God bless you, my friend, but clearly you are indeed blessed! Whew! What an ordeal! Wondered why I hadn't heard from you in a while. So glad you were there for your mom and equally glad that she can be there for you!! You'll beat this thing and be dancing and singing again before you know it! I'll bet you're still singing anyway, right?
May all the Lord's angels watch over you now and His power and love wash through you and heal you and make you whole. Love ya, my friend!! Rock on!!!! (((HUGS)))

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CATLADY52 10/23/2013 5:55PM

    Thank heaven for 'freebies'. I am glad that you were able to get everything done, and now on the road to recovery. emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 10/23/2013 2:50PM

    Keep those positive thoughts!
A positive mental attitude goes a long way in healing!

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AKHEIDI 10/23/2013 2:18PM

    This should be a warning to all of us to do the self exams AND get the mammogram on as regular a basis as we can. If we don't take care of ourselves, who will? Hugs all! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/23/2013 11:48AM

    Your spirit is truly amazing!

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JLKL1980 10/23/2013 11:33AM

    You probably felt like someone sucker-punched you when you received that news. You sound like you are in good spirits and are determined to get healthy. So glad you have your mother with you. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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CMJONES77065 10/23/2013 10:59AM

    Glad to hear that you got treatment and pray it was caught "in time". It's been a long time since I heard anything from you and now, I guess, I understand why. May God bless you with strength and complete healing from all cancer.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2013 9:31AM

    I'm really sorry to hear this. I'm sure glad you go those free tests. My prayers are with your, GF. I hope everything goes well and you are back to full health soon. emoticon

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The recipe for happiness

Thursday, August 29, 2013

There is something that you should all know about me if you don't. I love to cook! I am very passionate about it! My mom, who broke her back in a car accident on Christmas eve is also the "best"cook I know! So, at the site of this horrible accident, she was left barely alive, with 2 broken fingers, a broken hand, 2 compression fractures, and an incredible amount of bruising. She spent over 15 hours in 2 emergency rooms to find the extent of her injuries! So, even though I had my house taken by the bank, I knew what I had to do! I moved in with my mom to care for her, and she ended up healing my wounds. No matter how beaten and wounded we are in life, there is always someone who is alot worse! My mom was married to the same man for 65 years-I have people who probably would not be able to stand the likes of me for 15 minutes! And so my project has been to get my mom inspired enough to do what she does best, and cook! So, "pop quiz, hotshot!" What is it in this world that you are truly passionate about! That is the secret to going after this life, and becoming the incredible people we all know you are! I cannot saY YOU ARE "BEAUTIFUL' enough-it is time to quit "apologizing"for who we are, and start recognizing who we were meant to become! Rock on!!!!!

  
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IUHRYTR 10/27/2013 11:25PM

    What a blessing that you are there to care for your mother. She surely feels the love and encouragement you offer her. Hoping she has a full recovery so you two can cook enough to feed the neighborhood! -- Lou

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RITAROSE 9/2/2013 7:23AM

  Well done, Indeed! Keep on a'cooking with your mama! Lots of healing is going on at the same time! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 8/30/2013 12:22AM

    I can't think of a more delightful thing than a mother and grown daughter in the kitchen together sharing their lives..... Rock on!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2013 6:34PM

    I love to cook too. And I love decorating my home.

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LINOVER 8/29/2013 6:01PM

    Inspiring blog! Thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/29/2013 1:23PM

    I am so glad you and your mom are healing nicely!! You sound so wonderfully positive and that does my heart good!!! Rock on, my friend!! Now you're cookin'!! (for real, even! hehe)
(((HUGS)))

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SHARJOPAUL 8/29/2013 10:03AM

    Thank you!
I needed that!

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PATTYKLAVER 8/29/2013 9:33AM

    Thank you for asking us that question. I've been toying with the idea of pursuing what I am passionate about. By asking that question, you have spurred me on.

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MCGS62 8/29/2013 9:09AM

    Cook On Rock Star !!!!

there is a lot of ways to keep a guy around for more than 15 min.
a good meal is one way to keep them there
the other way is better exercise
and it will keep the coming back for sure

you can smack me later : )



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BECKY0111 8/29/2013 8:53AM

    What an inspiring post! I love to cook too. You sound like someone I would like to be around for more than 15 minutes. Rock on, indeed!

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