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Through All of Life's Changes

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Through All of Life's Changes

Together, we have seen many changes in our lives
and the world since we first became friends.
But somehow, even with all that has happened,
our friendship hasn't changed, except to grow stronger.

Feeling close to another is such a special feeling
and adds so much to life ... no wonder your friendship
means so much to me. When I stop to think
about it, the closeness we share is right up there
with the things I value most in life. Just being
together always means the start of good times...
thought-provoking times ... and even provoking times!
(But isn't that the way it should be?)

If we couldn't talk things over and make things right,
we never would have made it through these changing
times, remaining the good friends we are.

There aren't many people I could say this to, but I
can say to you — if there's ever anything I can do
to boost you up or help you out or get you through,
I'll be there. And if you simply want me to be
with you to share a joyful moment ...
nothing could make me happier.

We've been through so many changes—some of them
for the good. Others have been difficult. But through
it all, we've known we could always
count on each other

That's why I feel so good about the times we'll share
in days to come ... positive about life and all the
happiness it can hold. And I truly know in my
heart, through all of life's changes,
we'll always be friends.

~By Larry S. Chengges -

update................the results of my blood work are back ,looks like my thyroid has been the problem all along...................who would have thought???? as over the years when tested for thyroid i was always borderline????well because of a wonderful dietician beleiving in me she kept insisting i get a full panel not the usual thyroid testing................well it took some time as my dr would order it and the lab threw it out as it is only covered under certain condition etc................once they were met the test was finally done and i am at rock bottom with those results..............am now on medication to hopefully get everything back on track..............the dr says it may take a month or more before things start to get better..............i am wrtting this because they are many many women out there in the same boat .............................


Because thyroid hormone regulates the biochemical activity of most tissues, the deficiency symptoms can be myriad. Few people will have all of these findings, but rather some constellation of the following:
fatigue impaired memory
lethargy depression or low mood
sleepiness subtle personality changes
decreased initiative PMS
slowed speech & movement menstrual disturbances
dry or puffy skin, acne infertility
hair loss recurrent infections
coarse, brittle hair slowed wound healing
loss of hair curl increased allergies
thick slow growing nails headaches
weight gain muscle & joint pain/stiffness
difficulty losing weight bursitis
constipation hoarseness
watery eyes & puffy eyelids decreased sweating
swelling of face/extremities decreased sex drive
cold hands & feet decreased hearing
poor tolerance to cold anemia
increased cholesterol slowed heart rate
increased triglycerides heart dysfunction & irregularities
numbness & tingling shortness of breath
thick tongued difficulty maintaining normal physical & mental activity

Diagnosing low thyroid can be difficult using the current medical model. Although there are numerous lab values that can be used to evaluate thyroid function, many physicians use only one lab test for diagnosis: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Many patients with 8 out of 10 low thyroid symptoms will be told that their thyroid is not the cause of their symptoms because their TSH level is "normal." Doctors using the TSH test as the sole criterion for detecting and treating the low thyroid patient are missing a great opportunity to help more sick people. Recently, the AACE has lowered the acceptable TSH values in order to detect more patients with this condition.

Although TSH is the most common method to diagnose low thyroid, having "normal" TSH levels does not automatically rule out hypothyroidism. In addition to the TSH test, a more complete thyroid panel should also include free T3, free T4, and possibly TPO antibodies, and reverse T3. Although these are the best tests to evaluate thyroid function, these tests are often not performed because they are more expensive than the common tests and may not be covered by your insurance companies. When choosing a doctor to treat your possible thyroid problem, ask your doctor what tests they include in their thyroid panel.

here is an article: Hypothyroidism - What your doctor may not tell you but you need to know
by Dr. William Nelson, NMD


A LITTLE SIDE NOTE: because of all the previous problems and headlines a few years back,with taking hormones...............i only took a synthetic hormone for a while................once the symptoms passed i just stopped...............then watching oprah i realized perhaps i needed to do something about it once again................i really wasn't aware about how i was feeling till i saw the show............it sure opened my eyes...............it's in a cream form which is as close to your natural hormone as is possible and the many women it helped i decided to try it.................i have only been doing this for 2 weeks and already find quite the difference for me.................you have to get it in a compunding pharmacy..............
i hope this helps some else too........things are looking better NOW.............
IT'S ALL IN GOD'S HANDS................have a great weekend.............blessings and hugs...................lita

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APACHE85 3/7/2009 10:38PM

    I read this AFTER just commenting on your other newer blog! I also want to share that if the THYROID is NOT the issue, have the doctors check the LIVER function-before they diagnoses my liver disease, they did check the thyroid. In my case, my liver is unusual, so it is actually a liver/gall bladder issue with me, but at one point when I was very sluggish they did do a thyroid retake. That time I was just incredibly moody and depressed, the thyroid checked out, so now I am on cialopram for depression/mood swings.
Between all of us here on Spark People, maybe WE CAN SAVE LIVES with sharing these issues! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!

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SAMODER 3/1/2009 9:02PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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CINNIEMAY 3/1/2009 5:39PM

    I am glad that you finally have some answers!

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SHERI1969 3/1/2009 12:13AM

    Yup, I totally understand low thyroid. It is NO FUN at ALL! I've had it for over a year and it makes me tired, lethargic, and my whole body feels like a wet noodle. Can't get enough sleep and so on. I hope if you are put on meds they help. Mine are helping but I'm wondering if they can be raised when I see my doctor on the 13th. Best wishes Lita.

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COLEMANSR 2/28/2009 8:35PM

    Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad I read your blog today. I have quite a few of the systoms mention and I will be talking to my Doctor again. I'll tell him about the test. All mine keep coming back normal. Thanks again for the article. emoticon May God bless ou to continue to be a blessing to us.

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TEXASGIRL48 2/28/2009 1:34PM

    Thanks Lita for sharing. I have a lot of these symptoms. Mt test always come back normal as well. When I was in mt 20's I was on thyroid meds but when I got a different doctor I wasn't given any. My doctor has closed his practice so when I get a new one I will press for the full panel.

I'm glad you finally got answers.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/28/2009 1:33PM

    Hi Lita,
I'm so glad that you are finally getting some answers to your health problems. I am also on the Thyroid Team where there is a lot of information and discussion regarding all of the things you mention in your blog. I'd love to hear more about the cream that you mention. I'm currently taking Levoxyl 150mcg. and my endo is playing with my dose. I just hate that!
Thanks for sharing all of this great information!


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    Again thank you for sharing this info. I have been telling my doc about all this and he says it isn't so. He repeats time and time again I just need to be able to start moving more and exercising as tolerated. I read the article and have bookmarked it. I think I will start compiling these and hilite the symptoms that apply to me. I think women need to start paying closer attention to their symptoms and not settle for the tried and true answers from the doc. Keep searching until you feel comfortable with the answers. emoticon

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DINA:-) 2/28/2009 11:02AM

    hi lita- i'm so glad you finally have an answer for what you've been going through! thank you for sharing with us- you never know who is going through the same thing and can be helped form your story. i with you all the best!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Potential" ... Fine Art By Linda Gadbois "MindScapes - Concepts of the Imagination"


When the "storms of life"
Gather darkly ahead,
I think of these wonderful words
I once read ...

And I say to myself
As threatening clouds hover,
"Don't fold up your wings
And run for cover."

But like the eagle,
Spread wide your wings
And soar far above
The troubles life brings.

For the eagle knows
That the higher he flies,
The more tranquil and brighter
Become the skies.

And there is nothing in life
We were ever asked to bear
That we can't soar above
On the wings of prayer.

And in looking back over
The storm you passed through,
You'll find you gained strength
And new courage, too.

For in facing life's storms
With an eagle's wings,
You can fly far above
Earth's small, petty things.

Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)

have a great weekend everyone.........blessings and hugs...................lita

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FUTURERNAIMEE 2/25/2009 11:07PM

    That is really pretty! Hope everything is going well for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2009 11:03PM

    What a lovely peom! Thanks for sharing!

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SAMODER 2/22/2009 5:30PM

    The poem and picture go together so well Lita. Thanks for sharing.

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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 4:24PM

    very nice!

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SHERI1969 2/22/2009 12:53AM

    You picked a very good poem for the picture or vice versa. They suit each other wonderfully. Helen Steiner Rice is a wonderful writer. You have a great weekend too Lita!

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COLEMANSR 2/21/2009 2:15PM

    Wonderful poem, beautiful picture.

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DINA:-) 2/21/2009 10:40AM

    wonderful poem! i truly agree that making it though rough times makes you a better, stronger, more beautiful person.


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    Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. How true these words are.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/21/2009 2:22AM

    How lovely! And the picture...perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    I like this poem. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend.


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Saturday, February 14, 2009


To "let go" does not mean to stop caring—
It means I can't do it FOR someone else.

To "let go" is not to cut myself off—
It's the realization that I can't CONTROL another.

To "let go" is not to ENABLE—
But to allow learning from natural consequences.

To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another—
It's to make the most of MYSELF.

To "let go" is not to care FOR—
But to care about.

To "let go" is not to FIX—
But to be supportive.

To "let go" is not to JUDGE—
But to allow another to be a human being.

To "let go" is not being in the middle, arranging all outcomes—
But to allow others to affect their own destinies.

To "let go" is not to be over-protective—
It's to permit another to face reality.

To "let go" is not to DENY—
But to accept.

To "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue—
But instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To "let go" is not to adjust everything to MY desires—
But to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.

To "let go" is not to regret the past—
But to grow and live for the future.


update:am making a little progress with some of the dr's and most of the tests are now done so am waiting for results........i am learning to be my own avocate as this seems to be the only way to get some needed medical input...................as i know more will keep you posted.................
sending valentine's day wishes to all you come by.......................blessings and hugs.................lita

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BJBALDWIN 3/1/2009 10:43PM

    That was a great blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/18/2009 1:14PM

I love your blog! Thanks for sharing.


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SAMODER 2/16/2009 6:40AM

    Lita, What a wonderful post. Many of us are overweight because we can't let go of things to let ourselves be healthy - whether it is stress, emotions, or past failures. This said that all so well.

Good luck with getting the health information that you need. I'm glad that you will be keeping us updated.

Love, Sharon aka Sam

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CINNIEMAY 2/15/2009 8:08PM

    thank you for sharing!

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ANGELME28613 2/14/2009 11:30PM

    I Love This and I'm so glad you shared it.

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SHERI1969 2/14/2009 10:58PM

    First off, love the little inspiration you left. I've seen it many times, but never tire of reading it! As for your tests, I hope they soon find out how to help you. I know what going through medical test after medical test without answers is like. I wish you well and pray for healing for you. Do take care of yourself and if needs be, slow down a little!

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COLEMANSR 2/14/2009 5:11PM

    emoticon I like this.

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CEEBEE200 2/14/2009 2:16PM

    Fingers crossed for some positive progress to come out of those test results for you, Lita. Good for you for being your own advocate -- you deserve to get help when you ask for it, and to feel well!

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AUNTC321 2/14/2009 1:32PM

    Thanks for the blog. I have been working on the Letting Go portion of my life. Happy Valentine's day to you too. Chris

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DINA:-) 2/14/2009 9:30AM

    i loved this blog, lita!

have a happy valentine's day!


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Saturday, February 07, 2009


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is
the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God (or a
friend) about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My
purpose is to__________ today. I am thankful for______________'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is
manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries,
wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, Issues of
the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest
your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like
a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree
to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what
their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:
'In five years, will this really matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

20. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends will. Stay in touch!

21. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

22. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I
am thankful for__________. Today I accomplished_________.

23. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

24. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll
be smiling before you know it

blessings and hugs..................lita

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DINA:-) 2/8/2009 11:48PM

    great list! thanks for sharing!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/8/2009 11:42PM

    Wonderful guide for good living! Thanks for sharing!

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SHERI1969 2/8/2009 7:24PM

    A very wise list to live by!

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COLEMANSR 2/7/2009 10:28AM

    Sounds like you're been talking to me. (LOL) I love ou took time to write it all down. This should help others. emoticon

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ETAGGEL 2/7/2009 9:30AM

    Terrific list. I like #16, simply because I have used this philosophy all of my life!
God bless

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    I loved all of them but especially # 24. This is a great list to live by.


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CRUNKYJENS 2/7/2009 1:09AM

  This one is my favorite "Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, Issues of
the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest
your energy in the positive present moment." I love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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The Crosswalk

Monday, February 02, 2009

We complain about the cross we bear but don't realize it is preparing us for the dip in the road that God can see and we cannot.

Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine, after the rain....
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall;
But God's always ready, to answer your call....
He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
a word from His lips, can calm every fear...
Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish, by dawn's early light...
The Savior is waiting, somewhere above,
to give you His grace, and send you His love.
May God fill your day with blessings!!

i have been seeing many dr's and still am not finished with them yet.........i have been exercising 6/7 days /week and have not been losing any weight..except with losing and gaining the same few pounds up and down..........they are now looking into thyroid problems etc........and am still waiting to get partial knee replacements too..........the process where i live can be very very slow to get things done,which of course adds to the frustration of it all...........that's it in a nutshell.........................blessings and hugs............lita

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SWINGINGRAMA 2/4/2009 9:03AM

    HANG IN THERE_--------------Trudy emoticon

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    Keep the faith. Once you figure out the weight thing maybe losing some pounds will help with the knees. I have had both knees replaced and many complications. Make sure you have exhausted all avenues before going the replacement route. Have you tried water physical therapy for the knees. That has helped me so much as it takes the pressure of your knees and you can do the exercises with no pain and best of all you can walk in the pool. I lost 10 pounds the first week after being in the pool.

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DINA:-) 2/2/2009 11:29PM

    wishing you all the best!

keep us posted on your other tests go.

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SHERI1969 2/2/2009 9:41PM

    Lita, don't forget when it comes to weight that muscle weighs more than fat, and you may gain muscle weight before losing the fat weight. My doctor told me that. And medical conditions and medications can also have an effect of weight gain. Don't be too hard on yourself.

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COLEMANSR 2/2/2009 8:25PM

    Amen, Thanks.

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