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What Heroes Gave........

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What Heroes Gave

by Roger Robicheau

Each donned their uniform to be
Defenders of our liberty

Their mission sure, their spirits bright
Guard freedom’s home, be brave to fight

One final day each faced their call
Each gave their best enduring all

We’ll never know what they went through
But know they loved this country true

Deep down inside we should all feel
What heroes gave, their cost so real

We must stay thankful, grateful of
The gift of freedom through their love

Their loved ones bore the gravest pain
What we can’t know, some now sustain

To God I pray their pain will cease
And each will find long-lasting peace

Remember this from year to year
What heroes gave – shan’t disappear

We’ll never let their special day
Their time for honor slip away

These brave fought for a nation free
If not for them, where would we be?

©2004Roger J. Robicheau

to read more click on the link below............

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COLEMANSR 5/30/2009 11:29AM

    Oh, child, this is great. I'm putting in my archive.
Thank you for sharing.

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SHERI1969 5/29/2009 6:53PM

    Soldiers in every country have given a lot. But one Canadian Vet said to me one day is this:
Everybody says soldiers GAVE their lives. They DIDN'T GIVE their lives; their lives were TAKEN from them.
I smiled back and nodded in agreement.

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COLEMANSR 5/26/2009 10:56AM

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SAMODER 5/24/2009 2:24PM

    Thank you for this beautiful worded meditation on our service men, who gave so much for us.

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What will matter

Friday, May 15, 2009

What will matter

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations
and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from
or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned
but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence
but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories
but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

~ © 2003 By Michael Josephson

have been feeling a bit better and also have started to see a bit of weight loss and have finally broken the infamous plateau that seemed to last for months and months etc am so glad have finally reached a goal so onwards and upwards.................will keep plodding away,do not have blood work results as yet and see the dr next week................will have more to report then........

thanks everyone for your help and support without it i could not have continued on...............
am appreciative of all my blessings and give thanks...............

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

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CINNIEMAY 5/18/2009 12:00PM

    great blog!! Have a great week!!!

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    emoticonblog. Thanks.

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KSPILLS713 5/16/2009 12:29AM

    Great blog! I think I needed that as I've recently experienced the death of my mother and approaching death of a dear colleague. Your blog is a wonderful reminder to stay focused on the things that truly matter.

I hope things are well with you and the plateau is truly gone! I have every confidence you will reach your goal.


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DENNIS48 5/16/2009 12:28AM

    That's a powerful poem that really puts things in perspective. Not exactly the cheeriest thing to read just before bed, but a little bit of existential horror never hurt anybody.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 5/15/2009 11:48PM

    And YOU matter! Thanks for the timely blog!

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Women have strengths that amaze ...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Women have strengths that amaze ...

They carry children, they carry hardships, they carry burdens,
yet they hold faith, happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.

They volunteer for good causes.
They are pink ladies in hospitals, they bring food to shut ins.
They are senators, educators, childcare workers, executives, attorneys,
truck drivers, pilots, stay at home moms and your neighbors.

They fight for what they believe in. They stand up against injustice.
They write to the "powers that be" for things that make for a better life.
They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They can wipe a tear, cover a cut and pat you on the back at the same time.
They go without new shoes so their children can have them.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They tell people that need to be told to straighten up their act.
They lend a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen
and a voice to make suggestions.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They have sorrow at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They can round up energy, even when they are tired.
They can stay up a little longer to talk to someone that needs a friend.

Women do more than give birth. They bring peace and hope.
They give compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
They weep with joy when their children excel,
and cheer when loved ones get awards.

Women want people to grow into the best person they can be.
They want to touch you in a way that
will make you share your goodness with others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair
... true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes because
that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!

~ Author Unknown ~

BLESSINGS AND HUGS..................LITA

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AQUAGIRL08 5/12/2009 8:26AM

    That was lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs and blessings,

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    emoticon emoticonHave a wonderful week. emoticon

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SHERI1969 5/9/2009 1:15AM

    Actually, I'm working on an article-type thing for Mother's Day and I'm praying it doesn't storm again Saturday because that is when I have to have it typed up and the puter won't be on if it is storming again.

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SDPRINCESS81 5/9/2009 12:01AM

    This is great L*I*T*A! Thanks for sharing!!
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Friday, May 01, 2009

this was sent to me and i thought it was important enough to post it here for all the women out there and all the men you love them...................


(Even In The Absence Of Ovaries)

An Eye-Opener On Ovarian Cancer


I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in your life that you care about.

Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

Kathy's Story: this is the story of Kathy West

As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.

Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the 'tumor marker' CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way - surgery to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know.

One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive organ cancers.

LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn't it?

These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.

The 'CLASSIC' symptoms are an ABDOMEN that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA .

I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be 'abdominal', I went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome'. I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more tests

They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe . I couldn't wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn't get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by 'taking charge of our own health care.'

The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me.

Tests revealed cancer cells in the f luid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.

I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN ON ME, not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!


Be fore warned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, 'IT ISN'T NECESSARY.' Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take 'NO' for an answer!

The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.

Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.

And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56, women as young as 22 have it. A ge is no factor.


Well , after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man's PSA test prostate screen (which my husband's doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner's office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that she do ubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it - it won't be covered. I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered.

It is $75 in a GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.

Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for women's health issues, saying that this test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE YOU CAN. BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD IT ALSO TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.

thanks so much for taking the time to read about this important issue.................blessings and hugs.........lita

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CINNIEMAY 5/4/2009 11:49AM

    thanks for the info!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/3/2009 4:49AM

    Thanks Lita! This is a must read for all women.


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SHERI1969 5/3/2009 2:55AM

    A great post for any woman to read, or even a man so he is aware in case he knows of a woman with theses symptoms. Take care LITA!!!!!!!

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SAMODER 5/2/2009 10:01PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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    Great info. I wish more of this type of thing could have been around a few years ago. This is so near and dear to my heart as my sister died from ovarian cancer three years ago.

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SKSCHULTE1997 5/1/2009 11:14PM

    Thank you so much for the wonderful info!!!

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COLEMANSR 5/1/2009 10:12PM

    Great info, Will pass on. thanks.

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Friendship and Life............

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making
my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers,
or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and
compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their
hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be . And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).



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

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SAMODER 4/28/2009 9:10PM

    LITA, how true was this. My friend and I were just talking about this the other day. I wouldn't mind having a younger body without some of the aging - but I've earned all those stretch marks!!!!

Thank you also for being such a good friend. You are one of those who I can always count on to support me on my blog. And I get so inspired reading yours.

Love, Sam

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SHERI1969 4/26/2009 9:48PM

    You got it down right. You have to enjoy the moment because you don't know what the next one holds for you. I once read a sign that said LIVE LIKE CHRIST DIED YESTERDAY, ROSE TODAY AND IS COMING BACK TOMORROW. In other words, live like you have no more days ahead of you! Sounds like you got that down now!

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DINA:-) 4/26/2009 4:50PM

    LOVED the blog, lita! how true it is.


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APACHE85 4/25/2009 11:49PM

    You have done it again my dear Lita!! Another amazing blog that gets me right in my heart! So much of what you say is also how I feel-though I have fun when my husband tells me I'm getting grey hair, I laugh and tell him, "well, I didn't have any before YOU!" He just laughs along with me!! I am learning the lessons that you speak of-about not caring so much how or what others think of me, enjoying life even in the midst of my mistakes... all that!
I am getting better at the goals I have set for myself-and checking in more often with my Spark friends is one of those goals!! Thank you so much for this new poetry from you!! FANTASTIC!!

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CINNIEMAY 4/25/2009 11:53AM

    Hooray for you !!! I love it!!

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KUROSMOM 4/25/2009 11:09AM


Well said; I agree with every word, every sentiment!


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COLEMANSR 4/25/2009 10:08AM

    emoticon as always. I count it all joy to call you friend. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/25/2009 7:40AM

    Hi Lita,
What a wonderful, beautiful blog! You are a lovely person both inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. You've made my day!

Love and blessings to you,

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    This blog... all of it so true. Too bad we don't get it until we have so much experience under our belt. I guess I should say, Thank God we finally got it!

Once again a very touching post. emoticon


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HAPPYTRAVELER1 4/25/2009 6:17AM

I do not know why I choose this blog to read but I am so glad I did. It was lovely. I love the saying at the end.

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KELISE_1 4/25/2009 1:29AM

  L*I*T*A* I read this and it is very touching it brought tears to my eyes but it is very truthful.Kristen

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