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Join the 2011 Summer 5% Challenge

Friday, June 24, 2011

I am inviting you to join the 5% Summer Challenge - an 8 week team to lose 5% of your weight. None of the challenges is terribly difficult - it is just designed to keep you on track.

Have questions before deciding to join, send me a Spark Mail. Otherwise, click on the link below and be prepared to have a great summer!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=50696


Once you join the Community, please go to 'Just Joined the Team - READ THIS FIRST' for the instructions on how to sign up for a team. As the teams are being formed, during the time leading up to the official start of the challenge, visit the Community team often and participate in the activities posted by the Challenge Leaders.

I checked out all the teams before choosing mine - I just like the name Underdogs!
Anyone from Brooklyn would relate to that due to the baseball team - the Mets, the original underdogs, lol.

We "race" to various locations by counting up our fitness minutes - there is a maximum of 120 minutes daily. Then there is a secondary daily challenge that changes from week to week.

I got below 120 again by doing this challenge - and I had fun doing it! When you know that your fitness minutes help your team to reach the new location first - it keeps you hopping!
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SEDONACAT 7/1/2011 4:55PM

    What a GREAT idea! For some reason, I also have 2 containers of it that DH must have bought before he went to sea. He does all the cooking when home. Now I have some ideas as to how to "spice" up my boring...and I do mean boring...meals.

Enjoy your wknd!
Deena

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GRANDMABABA 6/29/2011 12:11PM

    I'm finishing up the current 5% challenge, but will be out of town for about five weeks of the summer one. So, I'll be with you in spirit. Good luck to you and everyone doing the challenge. I don't think I'm quite going to make the current 5% challenge, but I'm close. emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/26/2011 2:12PM

    Thanks for this suggestion, Linda. I was looking for a new challenge for July and this might be just the ticket. I'll look into it.
Have a blessed weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2011 5:15AM

    Sounds like a plan!

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TUDI4480 6/25/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticonI am so glad you're enjoying the 5% Challenge and the teams. It is so much fun...and the leaders do a terrific job providing focus and motivation. The video links and info on each of the challenge segments (someplace in the world) are like travelogues.

See you on the trail of the Summer Challenge. While I have not achieved a 5% loss of weight, I have achieved other goals and experienced wonderful support others along the way.

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SUNSET24 6/25/2011 7:02PM

    you go girlfriend, yahoo!!!!!

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LUCKIEST24 6/25/2011 10:50AM

    Thank you so much for turning me on to this challenge. It is just what I needed!!!!! By the way, I think I'm a emoticon

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SOULOFADANCER 6/25/2011 8:56AM

    mm might be the spark I need

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ZELLAZM 6/25/2011 8:26AM

    Will take a look. I want to get back to my original goal weight by the end of summer and a little teamwork might just be the thing!

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DIANESMILES 6/25/2011 2:24AM

    Can I JOIN? Please? LOL !!! hahahahaha !! :) I think I was the 2nd one on the list. :) I asked to be the ML again. We will see if I am. Someone else might want to be and they might of course choose them over me. time will tell. THANKS for inviting others !!!!! Diane

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/25/2011 1:50AM

    sounds like fun. I'm going to take a pass on it this time but let me know about challenges in the future. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 6/24/2011 9:39PM

    Hi RAYLINSTEPHENS;

Sound like fun so I will look into to it. Stay strong in your healthy life style. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.

Joyce

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/24/2011 8:26PM

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SUSIEPH1 6/24/2011 7:13PM

    Hi Linda Thanks for the invite I just joined .. Hugs Susie emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 6/24/2011 6:58PM

    Thanks for the info - I'm another that Caz sent your way! I'm going to have a look.

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AKELAZ 6/24/2011 6:34PM

    Hi Linda - Caz pointed me in this direction in that great way that she has. I am delighted to join the challenge. A small problem (at least I hope it's small!) is that I go away on this Tuesday coming and will not be back till July 10th - just about in time to start the challenge. However, I don't know how much Internet access I'll have when I'm away and wonder if it will cause difficulties if there's anything I'm likely to have to respond to but can't. I ask because I wouldn't like to find myself unable to do the challenge as I note that you are closing the team at some point and I'd like to be locked IN and not locked OUT!!
Thanks for all you're doing - really looking forward to the start date.
Sonia
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 6/24/2011 6:32PM

    Thanks for the invite Linda through Caz. I'll give it a go as I need lots of motivation and encouragement. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 6/24/2011 6:31PM

    emoticonI love this challenge

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LESLIES537 6/24/2011 4:21PM

    GO Underdogs!! emoticon emoticon

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ROSIE777 6/24/2011 4:20PM

    Thank you so much for sharing I will look into it. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 6/24/2011 4:11PM

  Thanks for the info.........I will check it out. emoticon

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DEE107 6/24/2011 4:03PM

    yes an underdog lo mets woo hoo

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VIRGOTEX 6/24/2011 3:15PM

    I joined up. Hope to also get on the Underdogs.

This looks like fun. Thanks so much for posting about it.

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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2011 3:09PM

    I'm maintaining Linda so count me out...but I just know you'll get a good response. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 6/24/2011 1:31PM

    Great blog, Linda! But look out!!! emoticon's are in there, too!!! emoticon I think this is my 4 challenge b/c it's that much fun!!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/24/2011 12:37PM

    thnx- think I will!
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VIRGOTEX 6/24/2011 12:15PM

    I am intrigued.

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JGAL8123 6/24/2011 10:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this, and count me in!
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MARTY19 6/24/2011 10:46AM

    I joined. I need to get back on track.

Marty

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JESSICAMAE83 6/24/2011 10:38AM

    Thanks so much for sharing! This will be just what I need to get going after moving next weekend.

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KATHYPETERSON62 6/24/2011 10:29AM

    Hey that sounds doable and just what I need!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/24/2011 9:55AM

    I'm back on the "A Team" just to rankle and harass my friends on the Underdog team! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/24/2011 9:54AM

    I am looking forward to the Summer Challenge too!

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DESTINYE 6/24/2011 9:53AM

    Sounds fun!

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Time to reset my articles and guess what...?!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It is time to reset my articles and guess what...?!

Now we can reset the quizzes and the A-Z as well!!

WooHoo SparkPeople Gurus! You are awesome!!

**edit:
Go to your Start Page and click on "email preferences" - on this new page, scroll down to reset articles - and you will now see 3 reset buttons! You can reset the articles, quizzes and A-Z Health Topics! This is not resetting your account - you don't want to do that because you will lose everything! This is just in resetting your articles!

For us "old-timers" - we run out of articles all the time - can't be a SP member for 3+ years and still have new articles, lol. I don't know when they added the quizzes and A-Z since I do this about every 6 months or so.

  
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JAZZEJR 11/25/2011 9:40PM

    Thanks so much for posting this. I can never remember where to find the reset button. emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 6/29/2011 5:11PM

    It is great that we can reset so much! I found out how to do the articles early on and this new addition (or subtraction) is just as helpful. I enjoy seeing old faves show up and am sometimes surprised at how fresh they are in light of where I am at today.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/23/2011 11:13PM

    I just wish that there was a way to get new polls... but you're right.. .I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE and I love the fact that we are always being given new ways to improve ourselves & our programs. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LIZABETT 6/23/2011 10:28PM

    Thanks Linda, it's good to know and must try it. emoticon

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DIANESMILES 6/23/2011 10:14PM

    THANK YOU !!! THANK YOU !! THANK YOU !!! Now I GOT IT !!! YEAH !! YIPPEEE YIII YEAH !!!!!! I was about done and did NOT like the remaining ones ! COOL !

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GNUATTITUDE 6/23/2011 5:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this!

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ILUVTTV 6/23/2011 10:10AM

    That's great. I still have lots to read, but it is good to know this!
Anne
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JERSEYGIRL24 6/23/2011 10:08AM

    I discovered maybe a few months ago that you can reset A-Z. I wish you could reset your polls. To some degree this would make sense because perhaps your answer to a poll has changed if you took it two years ago.

I did not know that all articles are reset, but recently it did seem like I had a lot of them available and none are, say, 4 or 5 months old. Interesting.

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BLESSEDGIGI 6/23/2011 10:07AM

    I have reset mine once already. But, I now need to do it again. Thanks!!

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MARTY19 6/23/2011 9:51AM

    Plus it resets all articles etc. Not just the ones you read over 6 mnths ago. emoticon

Marty

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OLDERDANDRT 6/23/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon Thanks for the info! I haven't done it yet, but will need to one day and nice to know I don't have to sacrifice everything and start over! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/23/2011 2:54AM

    Brilliant ideas huh?!
I've reset the quizzes loads of times now and am improving and learning more every day about SP's little foibles! emoticon

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DIANESMILES 6/23/2011 2:20AM

    Hmmm explain,,,please? Mine are almost alL amost used up and i dont like the ones they have left.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/23/2011 1:12AM

    What does 'reset articles' mean? I always am learning something from you, LInda.

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MSLZZY 6/22/2011 11:56PM

    You bet-an awesome group of leaders!

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IRENESH 6/22/2011 10:40PM

    That's great. Now your sp points will go skyrocket. You deserve every point plus more, like special points for special sp buddies. Thanks Linda. You are really an awesome person. emoticon

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DESTINYE 6/22/2011 10:40PM

    Awesome!

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SUSIEPH1 6/22/2011 9:23PM

    Thats great!!
I had to do that last week !!
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ASKILLMAN 6/22/2011 8:55PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/22/2011 8:48PM

    Yay!
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DOTTIEJANE1 6/22/2011 8:37PM

    emoticon SPAARKS PEOPLE

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Thank YOU Spark Buddies - for being there for our comrades!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Both SHARMAE and DIANESMILES were overwhelmed with YOUR love last week.

I am overwhelmed by the love and compassion of SparkPeople members too.

Thank you all - you all deserve a pat on the back and a huge hug!

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MARYANNGI 6/24/2011 2:27AM

    We Spirited Underdogs are there for each other through thick and thin! (no pun intended) Thanks for everything you do and supporting each member in time of need.

MaryAnn

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LESLIES537 6/22/2011 11:23AM

    emoticon You are such a good friend!

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2011 4:53PM

    You are a wonderful team mate!

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HOLLY043 6/21/2011 7:16AM

    We're all in this together!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/20/2011 7:36PM

    I couldn't have kept going without them!

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SUSIEPH1 6/20/2011 6:48PM

    Thank you my friend, for letting us know they were in trouble.
This I fee.l is a by product of Sparks We all get to know one another as if we are family ...
and Family care about one another
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DOTTIEJANE1 6/20/2011 3:26PM

    Thanks for letting us know the Sparks buddies were in need , emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/20/2011 3:24PM

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MARTY19 6/20/2011 11:53AM

    That's what friends for. Comfort and support. You are the best friend.

Love you
Marty

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HEALTHY4ME 6/20/2011 11:49AM

    I couldn' t not go, I have had so many times when spark friends and spark strangers have left me messages and that mean so much to me. Always someone that needs a hand or a hug,always willing to give cos never know what or who will just reach that certain spot!
HUGS

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/20/2011 11:42AM

    Any friend of yours is a friend of mine.... emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/20/2011 10:37AM

    And thank you for sharing so we can support those who need us most! HUGS!

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BLACKROSE_222 6/20/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon Thanks for letting us all know when someone needs a HUG!

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DESTINYE 6/20/2011 9:49AM

    Thanks for supporting everyone who needs it!

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DIANESMILES isn't smiling right now - AARGH!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I know - this also hit me yesterday and Diane is really scared too but for different reasons than SHARMAE.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304074


If you can spare a minute and leave a positive comment, I know she'll really appreciate it - and you earn a SparkPoint for commenting on a blog!

Hugs & Love,
linda
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/2/2011 10:36AM

    What a huge amount of stress Diane is suffering. It is so unfair. I have left comments and added her. Thanks for drawing our attention to her plight. It makes us count our blessings. emoticon

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DIANESMILES 6/19/2011 11:17PM

    THANKS Linda,,,,,I am starting to come around. Today sat in the park with my GrandD in the SUN !! WOW it was actually SUNNY today !! WOOHOOO!!!! We just talked and talked,,,and ENJOYED the beauty. I also went to my religous services,,,so STRANGE to NOT have Cathy there, as she has been for the past 36 yrs !! But, I have so MANY FRIENds surrounding me, it's warm and fuzzy, they are really taking care of me !!!! My foot acted up,,,I got all faint like, my GrandD MADE me sit down, NOT HARD, I was about to FALL DOWN. But I QUICKLY recovered and after the service, I was back UP and visiting others !!!

What a GOOD DAY it has been !! I DELIGHT on days like today. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the added help ! We can all USE IT huh? I appreciate your LOVE and CONCERN !!! You've TOUCHED MY HEART !!! As well as EVERYONE Who has contacted me ! I've NEVER HAD 4 pages of RESPONSES ! WOW Kiddo ! TY !! BLEW ME AWAY !!!!! THANKS SO MUCH !!!!!



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GRALLEN 6/19/2011 9:59PM

    I read her blog and left a comment of support. Thanks for letting us know about this special lady.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/19/2011 7:49AM

    Done

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/18/2011 10:28PM

    Done.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/18/2011 9:36PM

    Done! emoticon

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1HELPLESSMOM 6/18/2011 8:25PM

    May the Lord Bless You for your compassion for fellow members. I will keep her in my prayers.

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JUSTJUSTY 6/18/2011 8:07PM

    okay emoticon

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RUFFIT 6/18/2011 6:25PM

    Thanks for the link!! Moni

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MARTY19 6/18/2011 3:24PM

    I would be scared and depressed too. She is lucky to have you.

Marty

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CHRYS13 6/18/2011 1:44PM

    done!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/18/2011 11:22AM

    Done!

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    going over now Linda, thanks for the heads up emoticon

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DESTINYE 6/18/2011 11:13AM

    Done!

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My dear spark-friend SHARMAE needs our prayers, please!

Friday, June 17, 2011

My dear spark-friend SHARMAE needs our prayers, please!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=SHARMAE


Please, please, please visit her blog and offer your support and prayers.

Thank you,
Linda

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/19/2011 7:44AM

    Done

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SUNSET24 6/19/2011 1:37AM

    absolutely!

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HDHAWK 6/18/2011 10:58PM

    Thank you for posting this.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/18/2011 10:29PM

    Done.

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MARTY19 6/18/2011 9:55AM

    Thanks for letting everyone know. I went to her blog. How scary for her.

Marty

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HOLLY043 6/18/2011 9:22AM

    Done!

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/18/2011 8:12AM

    Will vist her page thatkn for letting us know.

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TARAHA 6/18/2011 2:48AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I have posted to her blog and will pray for our friend.

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NEW-CAZ 6/18/2011 2:43AM

    done.
Thanks for letting us know of a Sparker in need Linda, that what this community is all about; mutual support!
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DIANESMILES 6/18/2011 1:08AM

    TY Linda, I did read her page of course, and commented. She's going through such a ROUGH TIME and will. My Mom died from breast cancer. Diane

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/18/2011 12:40AM

    I read her blog right after you, I think. Yes, indeed. She does need our prayers and love. She must have a lot on her mind, to say the least. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 6/17/2011 11:59PM

    Already Done !!
Sharmae is a friend too ...
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LIBBYFITZ 6/17/2011 9:50PM

    Done! How sad for SHARMAE!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/17/2011 9:45PM

    I visited her page & will keep her in my prayers. Thanks for alerting us to your friend & her problems. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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SEDONACAT 6/17/2011 9:41PM

    Prayers are being sent.

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VTSKIER805 6/17/2011 9:35PM

    She'll be in many prayers, I am sure!

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DESTINYE 6/17/2011 9:29PM

    Very sad...

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