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It is really bad when the Physical Therapist gives up on you

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wow, Iíve been going around and around with a foot issue. Basically a lot of pain the more I use it. That can be a real bummer when you love to walk. Last year I was walking in the morning before work and walking in the afternoon for lunch. I also worked at getting some strength training in.

Well at the beginning of this year my foot doctor sent me to physical therapy. I started with one therapist who three weeks into the treatment had a baby. This left me with a student who had some great ideas and tried some different treatment. When he left after his time was up I ended up with a therapist who the student trained with. They both kind of treated me when the student was there, but now Iím full time with him. He has been with the company quite a few years and had some recent training in a new method of treatment. I do feel like they have been trying, Iím just sort of sad that they canít do more.

After all those people and months of going and doing their stretching exercises faithfully we are at a plateau and he feels like the treatment isnít doing me any good. He has had a couple of recommendations that he asked the doctor about, but he is dragging his feet. I was pretty persistent the last time I called the doctor that I needed to do something about this pain. So my next step is a bone scan. Iím not sure what he is looking for, and Iím not sure I want him to find it. I do want relief though.

During all this time I have not exercised like I should have. Some of it because I love to walk and I had to give it up. The other reason I think is just because Iíve been in a funkÖ I also have eaten poorly and gained weight back. Iím pretty disappointed in myself. With all that said I am trying to add more exercising Ė weights need to come back into my life and I also need to get on my bike Ė after all there is no weight being put on my foot while I ride. Yes this is the plan!

  
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GMAHOSS1 7/13/2011 2:44PM

  sounds like you have a plan going so just remember we all falter sometimes.just get back in the saddle lol and keep on ridin

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ROSEWCI 7/12/2011 10:16AM

    I hear ya my friend! I'm been floundering a bit too! It's difficult when we're challenged w/obstacles, such as an injury & we can't do what we want! You've got a plan tho...& that's a good thing! Doing the weights & biking sounds fun for summer!

I hope the foot issue is resolved soon, & you get some relief!
Good luck! And BTW...I'm LOVIN' the flowers in your background!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/7/2011 1:50PM

    Sorry to hear about this persistent foot pain. I love to walk as well, so I know the anguish of not being able to. Hang in there and hopeful that it resolves itself soon.

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GRAMMACATHY 6/30/2011 1:55PM

    One year I received a gift card for a reflexology appointment. I was clueless, but the young woman (fresh out of college with oriental medicine training) got rid of every ache and pain in my body from head to toe by working over my feet. I felt like jello and was so relaxed nothing bothered me. I highly recommend it if you can find a good one who will listen to you about possible injuries in your feet. Keep us updated. I hope you have found some answers by now.

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NANASAMM 6/23/2011 9:58AM

    Water walking/jogging. I'm sorry about your foot pain. I hope you find relief soon.
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TAFFIN2000 6/17/2011 9:36AM

    Sorry to hear about all that pain. I know pain can get you down...it has me. But, you are so right about finding other exercises you can do.

Let's make this a Fantastic Friday!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/16/2011 9:18AM

    Hey Val - I know a little of what you're going through. I had foot surgery 3 years ago and it was harder to recoup from that than the hip surgery I had 7 years ago.

I was going to suggest that you use a bike but you already have that as part of your plan (excellent!) and I was also going to suggest some water exercises but I see someone else did, too.

We all go through funks for one reason or another and you're entitled to have yours. Stop, take a deep breath, exhale and then give yourself a hug and look at all the positives. You have a plan and that's exactly what you need. When I come across these sorts of situations I write things down.... obstacles, fears, needs, etc and how I can overcome/attain them.

You'll figure it out - just be patient with yourself. Have you tried a PT that handles sports injuries?? Sometimes they have different approaches. Just a suggestion.



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KANSASROSE67 6/15/2011 3:57PM

    Hang in there...hopfully you'll have an answer soon. Biking is a lot of fun so I hope you get hooked on it!

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FRECKS96 6/15/2011 11:54AM

    Good Luck with the foot and enjoy your time on the bike!

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LESLIES537 6/15/2011 10:58AM

    You've got a plan...now all you've got to do is follow through! I know you can do this!! emoticon emoticon

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INTOTHEJAM2 6/15/2011 9:46AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your foot problems. Something very similar happened with me, except mine was that I was walking blisters on my feet! I had to slow it down a bit, and still haven't been able to get back on track. It's hard to choose a different exercise when you've found one that you love so much and can't do anymore. Luckily, you've picked the bike thing. Best of luck!!

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LADYGWEN25 6/15/2011 8:48AM

    i agree...Hop on that bike! SOrry to hear about the footpain... Hopefully you get answers soon.

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TODAYIWILL02 6/15/2011 8:44AM

   

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 8:29AM

    Great to hear from you and LOVE your plans for re-SPARKING! You know I'm all OVER bikes...lol!

Might just bump into each other out on the roads sometime...! :-)

Don

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TRIGFROST 6/14/2011 10:18PM

    emoticon that story was good...looking forward to the next chapter of your life-
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LVMAMAW 6/14/2011 9:44PM

    Man! What a bummer!! Sorry you are in pain!NOT good emoticon However, I do think your new plan sounds great!! emoticon

I will keep you in my prayers- keep us posted. emoticon
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DOTTIEJANE1 6/14/2011 9:17PM

    Sorry to here that you are still in pain. Swimming is very good excise,Some place have water aerobics and us weights . I think I would go to another clinic depending on the scan .

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/14/2011 8:53PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your foot . BUT I am more impressed that you are looking at the opportunities! YOU ROCK!

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KAMAPERRY 6/14/2011 8:24PM

    Wow! Sure hope they find out what is wrong! I know when I had to lay off my favorite exercise due to my knee, I went into a funk, and I am just now coming out of it. Yuo just need to find what you can do, and do it. Good luck with the bike!

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WILLOW49 6/14/2011 7:43PM

    Sorry you are still having so much foot pain. Time for another opinion? Let us know what the bone scan shows. I joined Riverwalk just to use their pool. I bet swimming would be a great exercise for you!
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REBECCAMA 6/14/2011 7:35PM

  I'd switch physical therapists. I mean come on... 3 weeks along and the first one went on maternity leave. Seems like she shouldn't have been accepting new patients when she was so close to her due date. I'd say go somewhere else. Bike riding and swimming might be good exercises for you, but I think even bike riding will put some stress on your foot. Maybe do some upper body stuff like a rowing machine or something. Good luck!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2011 7:08PM

    emoticonSeems to be an awfully long time to be having this foot pain. I understand what it is like to have foot pain issues and not be able to walk. I had a cynovial cyst in my left foot last year and that took about 3 months if not longer to completely heal. I had physiotherapy for a week and an orthotic made. I also used a lot of anti inflammatory gel on the area every night for ages! I even took ant inflamatory tablets when I travelled to Machu Pichu in Peru last August. sounds like you need a 2nd opinion!

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April Showers are bringing May Flowers!

Friday, April 29, 2011

We have had so many days of rain that yesterday I was sure that we would need to find the ark. Major storms ripped through our area, but thankfully not as bad as some areas. I hope all you Sparkers are safe and have no ill effects from the weather.

Thankfully last night the sun came out in time for us to cook our dinner out in the gill. When I got home and went to my back yard this was the beauty I saw!



They are some hearty flowers to withstand those storms and come through and blossom so nicely the very same day they were wind whipped and down poured on. Wow, nature is so amazing.

  
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LIBBYFITZ 5/11/2011 10:07AM

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DDOORN 5/11/2011 9:35AM

    Just LOVIN' our Spring that has finally SPRUNG! :-)

Hope all has been well with you and yours!

Don

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BARBARAWEBSTER 5/2/2011 2:50AM

    Thank you for sharing spring with me. We are still getting dumped with snow. I'm so tired of it! Wish I could help you pull weeds. So therapeutic. Have a glorious week! B

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LINDABENEDICT 5/1/2011 6:45PM

    BEAUTIFUL !!!!!

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JOANNS4 4/30/2011 9:18PM

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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RORYLYONS 4/30/2011 4:03PM

    Nature makes you smile doesn't it... emoticon emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/30/2011 12:48PM

    Yes, it is! Gorgeous! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/29/2011 6:28PM

    very beautiful emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 4/29/2011 12:20PM

    Lovely!

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/29/2011 11:57AM

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful picture!

Have a happy and healthy weekend!

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LONELYMOON86 4/29/2011 11:49AM

    Beautiful picture! I'm also getting a ton and a half of rain. And wind. It's crazy!

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A couple Wedding Photos

Monday, April 25, 2011

We are back from the Maine Wedding on the beach and luckily we had sunshine for the day. This first picture is of our family, my husband, myself, youngest son, bride, Middle son (groom), and the grooms daughter (our granddaughter).



This is before the wedding of my son and his daughter and I just think it is precious.



And now my favorite of my friends and I.



We had a Fantastic time!

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/2/2012 7:24AM

    The granddaughter is beautiful! Nice pictures!

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NANASAMM 6/23/2011 10:07AM

    Beautiful family. Glad you had a great time! Maine is my favorite place. emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 5/1/2011 6:47PM

    Congrats ...LOVE the pics !!! Beautiful pics, and BEAUTIFUL family !!!!!!! Sorry it has taken me so long to look at them .....they are just sooooo nice !

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GRAMMACATHY 4/30/2011 5:19PM

    Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures. The dress is beautiful. I especially love the picture of your DS and GD. Priceless.

The weather even cooperated.

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RORYLYONS 4/30/2011 4:07PM

    Much happiness to your son & his bride..Lovely pictures of friends & family.

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KANSASROSE67 4/27/2011 11:00AM

    Everything looks beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful time.

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LESLIES537 4/27/2011 10:22AM

    Great pictures! I love the one with your son and his bride! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/26/2011 11:20AM

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Thanks for sharing photos from the wedding!

That photo of your son and granddaughter is precious!

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FRECKS96 4/26/2011 7:45AM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad everything went smoothly and you have some lovely pics to remember the day. Congrats!

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BAM-MA 4/26/2011 7:36AM

    Congrats to the mom of the groom! Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the pics!

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MUSHCAT 4/26/2011 5:05AM

    OMG! Maine is my "happy place" too. I go to Stonington on Deer Isle for a couple of weeks in the summer. Where was the wedding?

Your son and his daughter look so much alike. It is a wonderful photo.

I'm glad the weather was sunshine for you and a happy day for all involved.

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SUNNY2010 4/26/2011 12:43AM

    Val, so nice to hear that the family shared such a great event together! Wonderful photos and memories to keep! All the best to your son and his family!
And thanks for the weather cooperating with the event!
Thank you for sharing with us too!

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DDOORN 4/25/2011 10:48PM

    Thx for sharing your pics...looking like a lovely time had by all!

Don

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RURAL3 4/25/2011 9:39PM

    what a treat. Great pics

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WILLOW49 4/25/2011 11:32AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us...just beautiful!

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KAMAPERRY 4/25/2011 11:09AM

    Awesome photos!

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GRAPEVINE60 4/25/2011 10:21AM

    Glad you had a great time. The pictures are great!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/25/2011 10:03AM

    Beautiful!!!! The pic of your son and his daughter:PRICELESS!

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PHYL220 4/25/2011 9:56AM

    Really nice photos. Your have a beautiful family.

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My Beautiful Place

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have arrived in Maine! This is one of my favorite places in the world. Close enought to home - 5 1/2 hours and the beautiful rocky coast. I love the waves hitting those massive rocks. The tides rolling in and out changing the scenery as it does. You could say I have found my Happpy Place!

Tomorrow my son marries and thankfully the forecast now looks like mostly sunny skies. Today is starting out to be a nice day too. I am thankful. This is what I woke up to today.



I also want to thank you all for your responses to my blogs.

  
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BARBARAWEBSTER 5/2/2011 2:52AM

    What good is a blog without readers? I love the sunshine photo. Thanks for sharing.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/23/2011 2:58PM

    LOVELY!!!! Enjoy your son's wedding! I am sure you will be absolutely beautiful!

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LINDYPAINTS 4/23/2011 6:57AM

    Wow... looks amazing! Have a wonderful time and all the best wishes for your son!

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GRAMMACATHY 4/22/2011 12:51AM

    I am so happy for your family during this time of celebration. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope you will share pictures of the new dress and at least the scenery around the wedding.
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LINDABENEDICT 4/21/2011 10:34PM

    Have an absolutely wonderful time... blessings to your wonderful family. Hope you post pictures !

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DDOORN 4/21/2011 9:54PM

    Savor and relish!

Don

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KAMAPERRY 4/21/2011 7:44PM

    Beautiful, enjoy!

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 11:14AM

    Sounds so peaceful! I'm glad you found your happy place! Blessings to your son and his bride! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY2010 4/21/2011 11:07AM

    Oh, how perfect!!!!!!! Enjoy every moment!


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WILLOW49 4/21/2011 10:38AM

    Just heaufitul! Hope the sun shines both days! Enjoy :)

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/21/2011 10:02AM

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Enjoy a beautiful day in your happy place!

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FRECKS96 4/21/2011 9:20AM

    Lovely!!! I, too, love Maine, though I haven't been there since I was a kid.

Good luck tomorrow and enjoy!

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JOANNS4 4/21/2011 8:59AM

    What a beautiful picture. Have a wonderful day.

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CATTIANN 4/21/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds like heaven!!! Have a beautiful day! emoticon

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Gearing up for the Big Day

Monday, April 18, 2011

I wish I could say that my sonís upcoming wedding had giving me the incentive to lose more weight. The truth is Iíve been out of control for over a month now. My mind keeps telling me to get it together and get back on track, but the rest of me is not cooperating. I am a stress eater and as much as I thought I wouldnít be stressed out I was wrong and Iíve eaten out of control!

Iíve been seeing a physical therapist for a couple months now for my foot and so my exercise has been a bit limited. Just when I thought things were improving and I started walking again, I end up with a setback this weekend. We have been working to get me to a point that I will be able to walk on the beach for the wedding this Friday, but Iím thinking I will have to just suffer through.

The place we are staying is located along the ocean and there is a path that takes you from one town to the other. It is the best place to walk in my opinion. I love the rocky coast and the way the coastline changes with the tide. I will hope for the best, but not set my sights too high.

Over the next week I will not be as active as I have been on Spark People, but I will be having fun. I have some girlfriends from elementary and junior high school coming to Maine for the wedding, so laughter will be a major part of the next week. Iím looking forward to it and hoping this time brings me out of the funk I have been in.


  
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GRAMMACATHY 4/22/2011 12:55AM

    You deserve a week of celebration and joy. Sending joyful hugs your way!
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    Have a great time and ENJOY! emoticon

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BUBBLEHEAD1962 4/19/2011 7:42PM

    Enjoy!!! The foot will heal it just takes time. I have been working on my achilles tendonitis for almost two years. Lots of physical therapy. When the pain was at its worst pool therapy was the only physical therapy I could do. It really helped as I was able to stay active. Give it time......

As for the wedding stress. I totally get it. I wanted to get to my summer goal weight before my Jan. wedding. I fell off the wagon in Aug after my hs reunion (where my original goal started and was not reached), thought I was ready to get back at it and three months after the wedding I am finally motivated to eat right. Despite the inability to lose weight my wedding pictures are great and I am happy with where I was at the time. Relax, enjoy.... you will reach your goal. emoticon

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PHYL220 4/19/2011 2:56PM

    Have a wonderful time! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/19/2011 11:21AM

    I wish you a happy and festive time at your son's wedding.

Enjoy yourself!

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VMASSEY1 4/19/2011 8:07AM

    Enjoy this. You will get back on track when this is all over. Enjoy your friends. They will help alleviate your stress. Best wishes for the couple. Sounds like it is going to be a great wedding. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 7:20AM

    Enjoy your time with family, friends and nature! And good luck doing everything you want to do!

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JUDY1676 4/19/2011 12:36AM

    Have a great time!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/19/2011 12:04AM

    Enjoy!

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CAMELA_55 4/18/2011 11:57PM

    Have fun with your friends! I hope you have a great week!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 4/18/2011 11:49PM

    Laughter I believe is the best medicine so enjoy yourself and laugh often.

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DDOORN 4/18/2011 11:44PM

    Shake it loose (all that stress) and have a healthy blast! Hope you can share some pics of that gorgeous coast and all those special people you'll be seeing!

Don

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WILLOW49 4/18/2011 10:45PM

    I understand all to well about stress eating :( I'm sure the wedding will be just beautiful. Have a great time!
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KAMAPERRY 4/18/2011 10:20PM

    Enjoy yourself, it sounds beautiful!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 4/18/2011 9:49PM

  laughing burns calories too and is good for the soul:)

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