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Sunday, January 04, 2009

I also posted this in the dog lovers group but wanted to share with others as well.

As many of you know, I'm a dog groomer with my own business. I make house calls in NYC. I have been doing this for close to 30 years now and have seen just about everything!

This past week I was working on a Shih Tzu that I groom every week. As I was drying him I noticed bruising all over his skin. I found this very odd (I know for a fact this dog would never, ever be mistreated). My gut reaction was some kind of auto-immune disease, my first thought Leukemia.

I called in the owners and showed them what I had found. The husband looked and said, "Oh, it looks like he may have gotten into something, maybe ringworm or an allergy." I was insistent. "No" I said, "I want him to go immediately to the vet."

Maybe it was something in my voice. I did not tell them my thoughts because I'm not a vet and I didn't want to scare them.

They brought the dog in that day and he had almost no white cells left at all. He was in intensive care for the rest of the week and they said he would have died had they waited even another day.

They called me and wrote me a thank you note but I didn't care about that. I was so happy that I caught it in time. This isn't the first time in my career that I've caught something serious but the feeling I get that he's ok now makes it all worth while.

It was a wonderful way to start the new year!! He comes home today!!!!!!

Remember, if you find something that's not right on your pet, get it checked out. What you thought could be nothing could actually be something!!!

Happy New Year to all my animal loving friends!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/4/2009 12:03PM

    WOW talk about a close call. I am so happy that you thought to questions the bruise like symptoms. I guess this will be something you will be more aware off as you do more grooming. So many dogs seem to be getting cancer now (makes you wonder about the food they are eating?).

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Happy New Year to all my spark people friends

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This has been quite a year for me. So many things have happened. Some good, some awful, some just, well, happened.

To recap my year a bit:

Lumpectomy (the bad), turned out benign (the really good). This brought me to a point that I realized I needed to get healthy and stay healthy. The last week in January, I started Spark/People.

By early summer I was down 20 lbs. Unfortunately, my mother passed away in June. (the really bad) but knowing that she was no longer in pain and went peacefully in her sleep made it easier.

Over the summer I broke up with my boyfriend. It had started to run it's course but it was difficult never the less. Now, in hind site, it was the right thing to do and he really did me a favor.

By the end of the summer I was down another 10 lbs to a total of 30.

In early October I met a great guy. I'm totally smitten with him as he is with me. We are still going strong and are very happy together. We will be spending New Years Eve together. Just the two of us. I can't wait.

As of today, the last day of 2008 I am down 35 lbs. I was really hoping to be in the 120's today but I am 3 ounces short!! Ha! 3 ounces!!!

I have come so far this year. I have no idea what next year will bring but I know it will have the great, the good and the bad. I will get through it just like I got through this year and hopefully, I will come out as strong if not stronger than when I went in.

I wish all the wonderful people on this site that I have become friends with over the year I've been here a wonderful, happy, healthy new year!! May it be the best ever!!!

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DIANNEYME 1/1/2009 9:16AM

    You have done an awesome job! You didn't let anything derail your progress for very long and kept your eyes on the prize. 3 ounces doesn't count in my book,'ve done it!

Best of luck to you and your new friend in 2009 - may your year be full of joy, peace, and good health!


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GIRLINMOTION 12/31/2008 1:15PM

    3 ounces don't count!!! If you had a old regular scale you wouldn't even see that?

It is funny how sometimes we realize the favour a boyfriend or husband can do for us as they leave.

Wishing you a happy and successful 2009!

Hugs, Sonia

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My boyfriend

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It feels so odd to say something like at. A middle aged woman with a boyfriend LOL - but it feels really nice.

It's still so new but we really like one another and things are going along so well. Makes me smile every time I think about him.

Funny thing though. He has never known me any other way than I am now. He thinks that I want to lose 10 lbs! He doesn't know that I have already lost over 30, he just thinks I'm adorable and cute. Every once in a while I will say something about me being fat and he laughs because he just sees me as the size 6 I am now, not the size 14 I was!!! Wow - he even will make fun of me laughing because he "doesn't get it".

It's strange to think that everyone "new" I meet from now on will think of me as this way. Small(er) and petite. What I need to do is look in the mirror and think of me that way to. That's not as easy as it sounds.

I hope everyone is as happy as I am right now. That's a lot!

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PURPLE0906 12/20/2008 9:52PM

    That is so cool. I am so happy for you.

Stay positive! You deserve it!



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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/20/2008 7:49PM

    I haven't experienced what you are but I am running into people that only knew the fat me for 20 years.

Sometimes I forget that I have lost weight. That's kind of nice too.

I am happy for you with your new beau!

Enjoy life,

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GIRLINMOTION 12/20/2008 3:22PM

    I have the same problems too. It is so silly when we have to fight with our own negative thoughts on how we look now or then.

I am glad to hear things are going well for you and your new beau. Wishing you continued happiness for the new year.

Hugs, Sonia

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Laugh of the day

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My son is studying the economy in school and they are talking about the American car industry.

We were talking about the pros and cons and what's happening and as I was laughing myself silly he said, "Mom, are you sure Harrison Ford didn't invent the car???"

Yeah, I'm sure!!! hahahahahaha

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PENGUINLADY! 12/18/2008 2:19PM

    That's cute! Thanks for the smile emoticon


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JKPONYGIRL 12/18/2008 11:03AM

    Thanks for the chuckle! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 12/18/2008 10:11AM

    The funny things kids say, lol. I go through that with my son too, it is funny how there minds think even at that age.

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Doing the happy dance

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Itís hard to believe but it has been a year since I was told I needed a lumpectomy. One year ago I was scheduling my surgery, not knowing if my time was limited. A very stressful time indeed.

After the great news last year that what they took out of me was benign, I went on with my life. A few weeks ago I got the letter in the mail saying that I was due once again for a mammogram. Not just any mammogram but a diagnostic one with an ultrasound follow-up. Just reading the letter I broke out in a cold sweat.

In the waiting room I had to fill out forms and there was a space that said have you gained or lost any wait since the last time you were here. It was so exciting to write in that space "lost, 30 lbs!!"

Then I went for the test. It was very scary and my head nearly exploded worrying about whether or not they were going to find anything. Actually, they did. They found a small cyst that apparently was nothing. Thatís it. They found nothing else. Iím clean. Come back in a year for this to start all over again but today, Iím doing the happy dance. Today I can smile the whole day and feel good.

Itís hard to believe it's been a year but it has. Itís been a tough year but if I can get through this year, I can get through anything.

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JOHAL52 12/10/2008 12:55PM

    That is great and congrats!

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DORY.A 12/10/2008 8:39AM

    Having just gone through a "scare" myself, I am happy to hear your news!

And you should be so proud of being able to write "lost 30 lbs" on that form! You worked hard to get that right!

Have a great Christmas!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 12/9/2008 10:50AM

    I'm so glad to hear you got a clean bill of health! That is definately a happy dance occassion!

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CJW359 12/8/2008 9:58PM

    emoticon emoticon

Doing the happy dance with you. That is GREAT news.

Keep up the great work.


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PENGUINLADY! 12/8/2008 8:59AM

    Wonderful news! emoticon


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JKPONYGIRL 12/7/2008 5:32PM

    so glad to hear your happy news.
Stay healthy,

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GIRLINMOTION 12/6/2008 12:56PM

    Glad to hear that everything is fine. What wonderful positive news!!!

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KKIDSMOM08 12/6/2008 9:12AM

    GREAT News!! Congrats and hugs. I go for my first mammogram on Dec. 16. I am not worrying about it until I go. It is a baseline for me. I was pregnant at 35 and nursed for a while and now my 8oo8s are ready. 37.5 yrs. I have had lumpy breast where they did a ultra sound when I was in my mid 20's. Just a cyst. The tech was able to tell and told me, even though she said she could get in big trouble. I wasn't going to tell on her. Enjoy your day, and I did a little jig for you, too!!!! Breast health, it is very important. emoticon emoticon

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