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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Why is it, people like this never run for president?


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PADRAIGHA 10/6/2009 11:33AM

    Thanks for the wake up call!

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TREENEYBEANEY 9/16/2009 9:23PM

    YES YES YES!!!! I like that a lot!! It doesn't matter who has screwed everything up because I think they all have had a little hand in that, but WE need to start taking it back!! He said it very well! Thank you for posting it!

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MARTHAR3 9/3/2009 4:54PM

    Probably don't have the financial backing to do it. I think it is a shame they can holler about how deep our nation wide debt is and spend millions on campagining.. Go figure!

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WILD4STARS 9/2/2009 4:46PM

    I've seen this before. It is INCREDIBLE. He is right on accurate about everything. I would vote for him. I would campaign for him. Thanks for putting it back out there.

Hope you're doing well. Happy Sparking!

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My Hubby Turns 66 on Flag Day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Weíve been pure vegetarians now since January of this year and the rewards are priceless! My hubbyís blood sugars remain perfect (even though he eats goodies everyday) and my arthritis and claudication are still gone. Woohoo!

I am so excited about walking because I havenít been able to walk much at all for way over 10 years without the aid of a cane or walker so I was trying to ignore the foot and back pain (wish there was a particular diet for that!). I over did it! Now Iím wearing ugly specialty shoes and still having some foot issues and last week my back went out (but at least Iím not having the sciatica pain that usually goes with my birth defect.) Iíve been just barely getting around but thankfully am a wee bit better every day.

The good news is I can walkÖthat is, I can walk when my foot (planter fasciitis) and back (birth defect) will let me. The bad news is thereís no cure for this kind of defect, itís just a continuing progression of one vertebrae sliding off another slowly but continually. Surgery is only 50% effective and good only for up to 5 years because it doesnít keep the rest of the spine from sliding. I currently have 7 vertebrae that wreak havoc on my sciatic nerves!

Can anyone tell me where that fine line is between ďover doing itĒ and ďdoing itĒ is?

Our son is treating us to a fishing trip this weekend in honor of my hubbyís 66th Birthday and my hubby REALLY wants me to go too, so Iíve been trying to take at easy. The thing is Iím not really comfortable on boats under 325 feet in length and with less than 4 or 5 upper decks! LOL But for my hubbyís sake I will go. I donít know how that might affect my ailing back, but if it will make him happy, Iíll go. It usually takes about two weeks to recover after my back goes out. So hereís to hoping Iíll be okay for the fishing trip. AND hereís to hoping that trip doesnít mess with my back! Weíll see.

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HEALTHY-GG 6/23/2009 7:09AM

    I pray that the pain has subsided for you! If you went on the fishing trip I hope all went well! and you both were able to have fun!
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APRILMAY1956 6/18/2009 12:46AM

    Dusty - Thanks for stopping by my page and letting me know about your fishing trip. I'm glad you had a good time. I really like your picture with you husband, you look like a very happy couple.
I'm so sorry about your back ailments, the good news is that you're walking. What do you do for the pain?
I go back to see my doctors in July. I'm trying to maintain my health. Keep up with your vegan diet, it seems to be doing wonders for you. Your friend-Leyla


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D710DANCE 6/17/2009 10:49PM


Thanks for dropping my page. I have missed you!!!

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DEBORAHMM1 6/13/2009 1:33PM

    Is that a new picture of you two? I really like it, you look so happy! I just love hearing of people that are happily married! I hope you feel good enough to enjoy the fishing trip this weekend and that your hubby has a fabulous birthday!!

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MISSYA72 6/11/2009 7:26PM

    Hope you have a fabulous trip and what a wonderful son you have! Hope dh enjoys he birthday

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CHABEAN 6/11/2009 12:54AM

    Hey Dusty!

Maybe I should send you some of my mega muscle relaxers. That will keep you from over doing anything, and think of just how relaxed you'd be. lol
Hang in there! And have a great trip. (try to at least) I'll be thinkin about ya, and keepin ya in my prayers.


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ALEMAPO 6/10/2009 5:16PM

  You take it easy so you can enjoy the boat trip! And tell the hubby Happy Birthday!

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WILD4STARS 6/10/2009 5:08PM

    You are just doing awesome!! Take a nice comfy chair, or at least a pillow, and enjoy the boat trip. You'll do just fine!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What a lovely trip to the coast! The weather was delightful even though the ocean winds were a bit nippy yet this time of year!

I got to walk barefoot in the sand on the beach as well as walk on the boardwalk for the first time in over 10 years! The relatives we seen there were surprised because we had just seen them in September of last year when I was hobbling around just like I had been for the past 10 years. They even said I looked younger, I think they meant better, but it worked for me! LOL

My hubby saw the doctor today and was amazed at how much better he was since the last time and told him, ďwhat ever you are doing, keep doing it because itís definitely working for you!Ē He had a complete physical and when the doctor checked the nerve damage in his feet, it was totally gone! Last time he seen the doctor, his skin problems were constant, today the doctor could only find a couple places where some of the problems HAD been but for the most part you would never know that he had been fighting full body skin problems for over 30 years. The neuropathy gone, the arthritis pain gone, the uncontrolled blood sugar, normal; the doctor was amazed. I told his doctor that we had been following Dr Neal Barnardís food program and he said ďIt is probably the difference in proteins that is healing you, keep doing what you are doing, itís definitely working!Ē

Its amazing what affect our food choices and 3 months will make, isnít it?

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WIFEALF 5/16/2009 3:10PM

    Yeah for you both!Keep it up!I would love to walk in the sand never have done that in my life one of my wishes one day!!You are very lucky!!!Keep walking you are doing great!

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TREENEYBEANEY 5/13/2009 12:56AM

    That is AWESOME Dusty!! :)

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BONZILLA1 4/23/2009 6:30PM

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your wonderful life changing experience. I am going to order Dr Neal Barnardís. I have been on a roller coaster for months now. I need to get off. I feel so very good some days, then just awful. I think I found some thing good for me and I feel great, then in a few days, boom...back on the ride again.

It sound like you have found your golden key! I am so happy for you and it gives me GREAT Hope!

So glad your anniversary was wonderful, congratulations!

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DEBORAHMM1 4/23/2009 3:04PM

    That is such a good testament to the change that is possible simply by choosing different foods!

I'm so glad you got to walk in the sand like you wanted! Your pictures are just beautiful!

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MISSYA72 4/22/2009 1:26PM

    Dusty, I am so proud of you. The choices you have made have made such a difference in your life and isn't that what it's all about? Making good choices? My dh has promised me a trip to the beach ( I haven't been in about 15 years), as soon as I lose enough weight that I will feel good. This isn't his stipulation, it's mine. I really want to go, so I really want to lose to get there!

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1AVERY 4/22/2009 12:47PM

    Dusty that is GREAT about all the improvement in both your health issues. People don't realize just how much their food choices really make. I can tell the difference daily when I eat too much sugar. I know Vegan is for all of us but just making better choices can really help with pain etc. The other thing that makes a big difference that people don't do often enough is to get the 8 Hours of sleep every night. Teri. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APRILMAY1956 4/21/2009 10:33PM

    Dusty - Its amazing what the vegan diet has done for you and your husband. I'm glad you had a great trip to the beach. Wasn't it something that you surprised your family with how well you walk now? I see more trips in the future for you and your hubby. I'm happy that you had a great time. The ocean looks so peaceful. Your friend-Leyla
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SLIM.CHICK 4/21/2009 10:31PM

    Yes it is amazing what a difference our food choices make. Nothing but the best for us. No more junk food (they don't call it junk for nothing).

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    FANTASTIC!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLY_ROSE 4/21/2009 9:28AM

    Praise GOD, my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VFOOTE 4/21/2009 8:55AM

    PTL! emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/21/2009 5:37AM

    When I talked to your sister she commented about your walking the boardwalk and in the sand! She was impressed. I can hardly wait to see you this summer.
May God continue to bless you!

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WILD4STARS 4/21/2009 3:53AM

    Awesome! That must really keep your motivation and incentive up and running!

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    How excited for you. Sound like the trip was well worth while. It is awesome that people can tell what a great job you are doing for yourself.



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ERIECANALGAL 4/21/2009 12:47AM

    What a wonderful report from the doctor for your DH. And wonderful remarks for you from your relatives.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Iím so excited I just have to share this info with those who will take a moment to read it!

I donít know if many of you know that for the past 3 months that my family and I have not been eating any animal products at all or not, but I canít begin to tell you the benefits of eating vegan and how it has changed our lives!

I say ďourĒ because for the first time since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, his blood sugar is normal! On Monday this week, he got his lab results back and his A1C test came back 5.2 and that is perfect! Woohoo!

Also, neither he nor myself suffer from arthritis pain anymore since we began cutting out all cholesterol. We still have arthritis riddled throughout our bodies, but the pain is gone without the aid of drugs! Woohoo!

My hubby has only bone on bone for knees and he could barely walk before because of the painÖgone!

Also his legs and feet were always so painful from diabetes neuropathy, but the pain is gone! Woohoo!

Seriously, this Ďeating veganí has given me a new chance at life that I havenít felt in years! I no longer suffer from the Claudication that had kept me from walking! Some of you may know that when I first began sparkpeople, I could barely walk from one room to the other, but slowly I have been able to walk a little here and there with great effort and much pain, but nowÖitís totally amazing; I no longer have the excruciating leg pain!

Weíre leaving for the coast to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary, and I hope the weather is pleasant because for the first time in years I want to walk on the sand barefoot! I havenít been able to do that in so many years, and now that I can walk without pain, I canít wait!

So that should explain why I havenít been spending as much time on the computer; I have a new lease on life! I feel like God has made me privy to all these amazing discoveries so that we can enjoy life again and Iím so thankful! Woohoo! (My inspiration came from a professor who teaches medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine!)

I feel like a puppy with a brand new tail!

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Hugs and good health~Dusty

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PHILLIPS66 8/13/2009 2:03PM

    Dusty I have some questions for you --like does your dr. back you? Do you find it hard to get the proper proteins you need? Do you feel weak or sick much of the time...what do you do when you crave meat..and are you still eating a vegetarian diet? What is the best thing that's come from your change in diet? How hard is it to start?..How did you convince your husband to do it with you?--you can send me personal mail on SP or on my page for these answers..I would love to know what you say...

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KATHLEENAT 6/9/2009 6:11PM

    This is so great for you and I am following the same path! emoticon

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FUNNYSUNNY123 5/13/2009 7:58AM

    Sorry, I haven't been around. I have been checking in but have been too busy to stay.

I never ceased to be amazed by your story. It's amazing how differently can help heal you. God really did create us wonderfully, didn't He?

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JOYATLAST 4/30/2009 9:39PM

    This is "Shout It From The Housetop" news. I would like to celebrate with you and wish you a Happy Anniversary.

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MISSYA72 4/17/2009 1:17PM

    How wonderful for you! Have a ball

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SLIM.CHICK 4/17/2009 11:09AM

    I am so happy for you. Walking in the sand sounds wonderful. I hope you do the happy dance when you get there.
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LINDA25427 4/16/2009 12:10PM

    Hi Honebee I'm so glad for you it sounds like you found what works for you and your family God Bless

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MISS_VIV 4/16/2009 11:03AM

    congratulations on your WONDERFUL SUCCESSES. It seems you have steered your family onto a winning trend. Have a great vacation and hurry back to us.
Thank you for sharing all of your new found joy..

God Bless


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HOLLY_ROSE 4/16/2009 9:03AM

    Praise the LORD my friend!! Hope you and your Hubby have a WONDERFUL anniversary! The Lord bless you both!! emoticon

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FABAT402009 4/15/2009 8:00PM

    Wow! I'm speechless at what a difference becoming a vegan has done for your lives and bodies. Congratulations on being pain free and have a great time celebrating your anniversary.

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APPLESAREGOOD 4/15/2009 7:59PM

    Have a wonderful anniversary and enjoy your walk on the beach. You deserve it!

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    Happy anniversary Dusty. Glad you feel so good and hubby too. Have a great time on your trip and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Sounds like you had a miracle in your life. Life is a surprise and an adventure. Pam

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That's WONDERFUL! Wishing you and your husband a HAPPY 41st Wedding anniversary....ours is tomorrow...number 8 for us!

Have fun walking on the sandy beach!


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SGTSUNNY 4/15/2009 5:05PM

    Wow, Dusty I am so happy for you! So many doors opening again for you and DH! You so deserve it and have been such an inspiration here.

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TZH4145 4/15/2009 4:55PM

    Avery inspiring blog. Thank you ever so much!!!

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HEALTHY-GG 4/15/2009 4:40PM

    Dusty you are an inspiration !!!!!!!!!!!!

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WILD4STARS 4/15/2009 4:30PM

    Your blog is an inspiration. I'm going to guess you may have created some new Vegans today, or at least some new Vegetarians.
Happy Sparking!

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Hereís a lesson I want to learn...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

I love it,' he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.'

"That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.

'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;

I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of Memories!

Thank you, my sparkfriends, for your part in filling my Memory Bank; Iím still depositing.

'Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

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STEPPINSTAMPER 4/15/2009 12:25PM

    I LOVED IT!!!! I too want to learn this lesson!! Thank you for sharing....

It's always a good reminder!


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2BFREE2LIVE 4/10/2009 11:37AM

    I love this, it is so true it is in the mind, and you are in control of that. What a wonderful Blog thank you for sharing.

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/10/2009 11:37AM

    I love this, it is so true it is in the mind, and you are in control of that. What a wonderful Blog thank you for sharing.

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ETAGGEL 4/9/2009 4:52PM

    As they say, the best classroom in the world is at the feet of the elderly! Thank you for sharing this


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TZH4145 4/9/2009 4:40PM

    Thank you for this lesson!!

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WILD4STARS 4/9/2009 4:18PM

    I've seen this one before. Thanks for putting it back out there, always worth reading again.

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