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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hello, to all my sparkfriends.

Sorry, it's taken me so long to's been a whirlwind around here.

John's heart is blocked and there's only one good artery working and that one had to have a stent put in. There's nothing to bypass. A large portion of his heart muscle is dead.

It's a miracle he's still alive. The doctor says that he is at risk for sudden cardiac death. Scary.

No more income.

They are going to put a defibrillator in, in several weeks.

I am sad, angry, overwhelmed and drained in every way possible.

Your life can change overnight.

Hold on to your loved ones...kiss them, hug them, tell them you love them. Show them you love them.

Enjoy each day.

Pray for us.

Thank you for your love and support.
I know that I don't have it in myself to handle this stress right now. I just want to run away.

I wish I was a turtle with a very hard shell.

When will it ever end?

I force myself to hold what? My faith is dwindling, my hope fading ...yet I can't give up. Help me, Lord. Strengthen me.

Psalm 61:1-4
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

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TERI99 1/4/2011 9:21AM

    I've been so absent that I totally missed this...I am so sorry to hear that your husband is so ill. I will pray for you both. Your admonition to love deeply is wise advice indeed! May your new year bring you blessings and miracles -- of healing, love abounding, and a flooding of God's grace.
He is faithful to the end.
Love to you ~

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MORNING_NOONAN 12/11/2010 5:01PM

    I am praying for you and your family. Stay strong xoxo

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BOBBIENORTHERN 12/8/2010 12:04PM

    Sweetie, I dont know what to say except I am so sorry, Please do not let the devices of the enemy turn you away from the love and grace of our Father God and our advocate and Savior and Loving Lord Jesus. Please allow the mimistering of Holy Spirit to hold you and comfort you and cry and cry and cry somemore until you dry out from tears for awhile. Crying does help. He loves you, He values you and your husband. Please do not go astray away from him in the name of Jesus please stay connected to His love and grace and run to Him not away from Him and do not believe the lies of the enemy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON2014 12/2/2010 10:51PM

    Just read this blog, I am so very sorry. A song comes to mind, "Hold on my child, joy comes in the morning, weeping only lasts for the night. Hold on my child, joy comes in the morning, the darkest hour means dawn is just in sight". And my friend, if you can't hold on, please know that He will hold on to you, He won't let you go. My prayers are with you tonight. Sharon emoticon

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MUSHCAT 11/21/2010 2:57AM

    You are in my prayers and I understand your fear. Unless you live it you just can't quite understand it. May God rock you to sleep in His arms and carry you through the days. It is a fact of life that our loved ones can't remain with us forever, and while they go on to eternal glory we are left to deal with pain and suffering. It doesn't seem fair. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you can find something, however small, to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

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JANE1216 11/20/2010 10:25PM

    I am so sorry to read about John and all that you've been through. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers -- I'm glad that I stopped by to check in on you -- count me in on your prayer team.

Blessings --


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KENDRACARROLL 11/18/2010 10:43AM

    I am so sad to hear your update. John and you are in my prayers. Yes, life seems cruel at times. Makes you wonder what the big plan really is...
Keep the faith, keep your strength.
I know, we here are just cyber friends, but nonetheless, we're here for you with a kind word and support any time you need us.

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All is well!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

John is getting a much needed rest and a couple of weeks off work. In just a few days he has lost 20 lbs in water weight. (Thanks to the water pill) He was full of fluid and it's so good to see it go away. He feels so much better. Hey! Where do I get one of those pills? LOL

Have been cooking Healthy Heart recipes and I've lost 3 lbs, that's a good thing.
And, probably because I haven't had the extra stress of having Haley to contend with...which usually caused me to eat. I'm drinking my water and taking my vitamins. Have found a new menopause herbal supplement pill after MUCH research and it's awesome! It's called; Menersa .... boy do I notice a difference in my mood/attitude.

Love that new Wendy's apple pecan chicken salad! YUM!

We have alot to be thankful for. I'm thankful for all the support of my sparkfriends.

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JANE1216 10/22/2010 9:07PM

    good news! glad to hear things are going well for you --- and that healthy eating is working for you both --- imagine that ---- seems like we've heard rumors about how healthy living makes you healthy --- I never woulda thought to actually give it a try though ---- !!!!! just kidding! it is true and we all know it -- now why can't I just get it going and keep it going!?!?!? I'm interested in knowing more about your Menersa -- I'm starting to notice that I may need to have something more during this menopausal period in my life -- the mood/attitude is one of the areas that need some improvement --- I think I'll go google it and see what I can find out. glad you mentioned it --- sometimes you just have to hear about something in order to know it exists --- now that you've told me -- I must look into it!

Hope you continue on the road to heart healthy living --- praying for you and John.

blessings --

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CAROLANN27 10/14/2010 5:31PM

    Glad to hear John is doing so well, and especially glad your life is more peaceful now, and you're able to have less stress. It's great you have lost weight on heart-healthy diet. It's all good!

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Hubby is home and doing well!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank you all my sparkfriends for your prayers and support. John has been released from the hospital and is now home resting comfortably. I'm so thankful! He has blood pressure medicine and heart pill, etc...but things should be alright and with some dietary changes, etc...his condition will be easily managed.

I know that it is the love of God and the prayers that got us through it.

Thank you, again!


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MMICKEYP 10/14/2010 9:05AM

    Thanks everybody for the prayers and well-wishes! John is doing great and we're very blessed. emoticon

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CAROLANN27 10/12/2010 8:28PM

    I'm so happy to read this. It must have given you a good scare!

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ANONALEE 10/11/2010 5:59PM

    Oh those pesky dietary changes -- sometimes voluntarily selected, sometimes not. So glad he's home with you and resting ...


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/11/2010 5:55PM

    I'm glad things are going well and that he's back home again. Don't forget to take care of you while you take care of him.

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TERI99 10/11/2010 8:32AM

    So glad to hear that news! Praying that healing continues and the dietary changes come easily!
God bless you!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/10/2010 11:47PM

    Wonderful news! I'll keep you both in my prayers.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/10/2010 11:21PM

    I'm very glad to hear the good news.
Now back to you doing your own thing :)

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Please say a prayer...

Friday, October 08, 2010

for my husband, John...who has been admitted to the hospital with mild congestive heart failure. He's doing well...Cardiologist is coming in the morning.

Thank you!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/10/2010 11:47PM

    You are both in my prayers. My brother has been in the hospital for the same problem twice. He does well when he takes his meds.

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SHARON2014 10/10/2010 10:46PM

    Keep us posted, you are both in my prayers. emoticon

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ANONALEE 10/10/2010 12:06AM


Just caught up to this news and I'm so very sorry to hear it. Of course you and John both have my prayers and also my hope that John's prognosis turns out positively.

Love, Debra
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    Consider it done!

I hope everything turns out ok.


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SHERRY257 10/9/2010 7:24PM

    You and your hubby are on this weeks prayer list. I hope all will go well. Take care. emoticon

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JANE1216 10/9/2010 12:57AM

    I just happened by and I'm so glad I did --- I will certainly be praying for a quick recovery for John and for peace of mind for you --- I can't imagine how you must have felt going through all this. And the hardest part always being the testing and the waiting - when we're the ones waiting it sure seems like time just drags. You take care of hubby and don't forget to take care of you too --- keep us posted.

Blessings to you both --

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CAROLANN27 10/9/2010 12:07AM

    Oh my goodness! What a scare. You and he are both in my prayers. Will look forward to hearing the further test results.

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MMICKEYP 10/8/2010 7:51PM

    Thank you everyone for the prayers and support. John is doing better, his color is coming back. The doctor says that his heart is enlarged and the rest of the tests will be back tomorrow. The tests are showing that he probably had a heart failure/attack. John says he never felt any pain..just shortness of breath and legs swelling. They don't think he ever had COPD but that it was the heart all along and fluid in the lungs because of the heart malfunctioning. The doctor mentioned blocked arteries but they are waiting for the rest of the test results tomorrow.

Please keep him in your prayers! Thanks, so much!

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LISALOSING52 10/8/2010 4:45PM

    I hope all went well with the cardiologist this morning. I know what a toll this takes on you my friend but be strong and God shall see you both through. I hope he has a speedy recovery and as always, you are both in my prayers.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/8/2010 10:57AM

    Sending a prayer your way with wishes for a speedy recovery for your husband.
Hang in there.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/8/2010 10:54AM

    I'm sorry to hear this, Michelle. Of course you and your DH are in my prayers. Take care and God bless.

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TERI99 10/8/2010 9:20AM

    Prayers for healing and peace. emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 10/8/2010 2:26AM

    You are now on my list of people we are praying for. I hope your hubby has a short stay. It can be so scary, and of course sitting waiting for some change in his condition is all very exhausting so will be keeping you in my prayers as well.

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My prayers are with you,

Safety Sue

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Awww Heck!!!!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Well, my friend Debbie called me and asked me out to lunch and we went to the China Buffet. It was good and I didn't over-indulge. It just felt so good to laugh and talk without interruption.

Feels good to be me and good to be free!

I slept great and even got on the scale and wasn't horrified by the result....well, okay, I'm generally horrified by the result..hahaah...but what I mean is that I hadn't gained as much as I thought and that made me feel good.

I drank my water but forgot my pedometer ...oh well, there's always tomorrow.

I'm easing in...I figure at this point the sleeping right and eating right is a big deal.

I want to look at things differently. I want to see every drink of water as rejuvinating and refreshing all the cells in my body. Well, that sounds better than, ...Water = UGH!!! haaaaaaaahahaa

I also know that the thing I like doing least is the thing I should be doing the most....EXERCISE!

I need to look at that in a new way also.

I read in my bible in Psalms: O sing to the Lord a new song.

That's what I want to do. I want to sing Him a new song that's never been heard before.

A new song coming from ME...a song of refreshing and love, light and life.

Have a wonderful new week ahead, friends!


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CAROLANN27 10/9/2010 12:04AM

    Just ease into it as you can. The sleep is so important!

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ANONALEE 10/4/2010 8:07AM

    It sounds like you have a good plan, Michele, and a song that will bring true harmony to your life.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/4/2010 3:39AM

    emoticonI am so glad to see you back. I truly missed you!
The one thing I've learned in my months here is to deal with life one day at a time. Celebrate every small victory and use every "not so good" choice as a learning tool.
We all have rough patches but we manage to muddle through them and find ourselves a better and happier person.
Getting enough sleep and drinking enough water are two positive steps forward (says the person who's typing this at 3:45 in the morning - but I have a glass of water beside me!).
Stay positive!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/3/2010 10:55PM

    I think you're starting out with your best foot forward. Good attitude. Get back to it slowly and one step at a time.

PS: once you get back in the habit of exercising, I think you'll be glad and actually start to not mind it.

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TERI99 10/3/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon I'm sure your new song will be music to His ears!

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HARDSILVER 10/3/2010 9:46PM

    Sleeping great is an amazing first step - really gives one the energy to DO stuff instead of just stumbling through the day.

Best of luck in your goals - sounds like you're on the right track! emoticon

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GOTEAM3 10/3/2010 9:37PM

    Thanks for such a positive blog. Kind of lifted my spirits. It sounds like you have the right attitude. Hang in there!

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