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Filling Some Mighty Big Shoes

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My dad has arrived for a weeklong visit from NY. He came down just to run a 5K with Sis and I. Dad was the star of his high school track team. He used to be an elite runner back in the 80's. He was forever running races everywhere - 5K, 10K, Marathons, and a 250-mile mountain massacre race. I grew up going to races with him, I even volunteered at a few, handing out water, etc. He even carried the torch in the US Police Games. He was an incredible athlete.

Since sis and I have taken up running, he has been our biggest cheerleader. I feel so great knowing I'm making him proud, not that I have to "try" because I know he loves me no matter what. I know I will never be able to fill his shoes as far as running is concerned, but I am filling my own, a little at the time, setting goals and standards for myself. Each run gets better and better with my sights set on a half marathon, but that will have to be put on hold for a bit until after my surgery.

He suggested we run a 5K together, so we signed up for one this weekend at the beach. Now that the weekend is fastly approaching, I find myself slowly, dragging myself through runs all week so far, I am soooo not on my "A" game with all my health issues. I am hoping just to be able to run next to Dad the whole time, this is a very big deal for me. An opportunity like this doesn't present itself very often. I really wanted to be able to show him "my stuff", meaning how good of a runner I'm becoming. I know he sees my motivation and ambition, but I really wanted to be able to show him first hand what I'm made of. So I am hoping just to be able to take it slow.

I've told my sis in no uncertain terms that she is to run her personal best, no hanging back with the slow ole me, I'm crossing my fingers she will run her heart out and set a new record for herself, She works so hard at it. Hoping the rain holds out, forecasted to be cold and rainy on Saturday, wouldn't that just be lovely (extreme sarcasm).

No matter how the race turns out on Saturday, I know I am a winner in every sense of the word.... I have a great dad, a super sis, a supportive family and the best SPARK friends in the world. I never have to prove anything to anyone but myself, sometimes those are the biggest shoes to fill - YOUR OWN shoes. emoticon

  
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ELAINEROSE5 3/25/2011 4:46PM

    Good Luck this weekend! I'll be thinking of you! I hope to find the courage to sign up for a 5K someday. You certainly inspire others to take the chances and do those things!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/25/2011 9:33AM

    how awesome!! Have fun and please share some pics!

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DGIBSON02 3/25/2011 8:46AM

    Dang woman. Your making me wish I would have signed up. Then I could have pushed you with my slower than slow pace, lol.

I'm sure this is something that I really don't have to say but you know you don't have to strive to make Don proud. Strive to make YOURSELF proud and all others will fall in place. Once you are happy with your momentum and gains then it will show through you. You and I both know that your dad is extremely proud of you and Neecee for what you are both doing.

Good luck on the race. I know you will push through just fine.

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DDOORN 3/25/2011 8:22AM

    What a wonderful family event!

Sounds like some SUPER SPARKIN' all the way around! :-)

I'm hoping to join my sister later this year for some cycling together. She lives in Alaska, me in New York. Going to meet in the middle at my parents (our hometown) in Michigan!

Don

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SAMI199 3/24/2011 11:34PM

    Awesomeness-I will be sending good thoughts your way & hope you can enjoy the day without pain.Good Luck!

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2HAMSDIET 3/24/2011 4:53PM

    emoticonWhat great things are coming out your new life style. Sorry you aren't feeling your best but do what you can. Hope you and your family runs like the wind. Enjoy!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/24/2011 1:42PM

    Have a great race!!! How cool to race w/ your DAd!

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STIPER23 3/24/2011 1:34PM

    How awesome! My dad supports my running but laughs at the thought of him doing it. Have a great race.

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NATPLUMMER 3/24/2011 1:09PM

    I think it's great that your Dad came to run a 5K with you guys. That will be fun. Just do your best. You will do great!!!!
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JLITT62 3/24/2011 1:04PM

    I was wondering if your dad was a runner so thank you for answering that for me! To him it will most likely feel warm considering the weather we're having, so that'll slow him down somewha. But I can just visualize him bursting with pride running with you gals.

You are such an inspiration, and such a winner for not even considering dropping out! I probably would've.

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HEALTHY_45 3/24/2011 10:21AM

    You are such a super spark friend to all of us as well. You will have such a super day running with your dad and sis that no matter how fast you run the memories of the event will be with you forever. Have fun, hope the weather holds out and the rain waits til after the race.
I'll be thinking of you and cheering you all on in sparkville!!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/24/2011 9:59AM

    What a great blog!!! You will do great and how awesome to be able to run with your dad AND sis? I hope the weather holds out for you, but no matter what...the memory you'll have of that particular race will be with you forever. Hugs, sweetie!

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PURSUITOFJOY 3/24/2011 9:51AM

    This is so great! You guys really support each other. Wishing you the best of luck emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/24/2011 9:29AM

    That is so wonderful. I know you will have a great race no matter your speed. Enjoy!!!

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Homework with a side of Splurge

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I'm having lunch today with a friend at Atlanta Bread. I've done my HOMEWORK emoticonon everything on the menu. I know the calories, fat, protein, etc. I decided that today I will SPLURGE and have the chicken salad sandwich (only 440 calories) and probably won't be able to eat it all anyway since my wonderful gall bladder is giving me a fit. It's great knowing ahead of time that I won't ruin my calories for the day, although I will be forfeiting my afternoon snack to stay in range, but I'm sure I will be full from lunch or I can just nibble on the leftover sandwich all afternoon.

I am waiting on doctor to call with a date for gall bladder removal surgery. Doctor says I'm not going to get better unless I have it removed. So I guess the writing is on the wall - GET IT DONE !!!

emoticonSqueezed in a 2 mile run last night before dinner, then had to go to a parent meeting at daughter's school, she's going on trip to NY City for 3 days with her fashion marketing class. I would soooo love to be going with her, but it's time to let her fly from the nest for a little while on her own.

emoticonI have a 10-minute trainer workout with Tony tonight, gonna give the AB routine a whirl, since it's a rest day from running. My daughter is even going to do it with me. Still not feeling great, but I'm at least "getting thru" my workouts. Notice I said "getting thru" - I can't wait to feel better so I can be back to looking forward to my workouts and having fun.

  
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2HAMSDIET 3/23/2011 7:07PM

    Hugs.. emoticon your not feel your best. Take Care.

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SAMI199 3/23/2011 6:24PM

    Hang in there ...You are one tough cookie!

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STRINGS58 3/23/2011 4:39PM

    Gosh, I hope the gall bladder issue gets resolved. I hope the exercising feels good --- I can feel myself getting nervous about exercising aggravating the gall bladder, but I don't know all the particulars, and I don't have that medical degree . . .unless it's in a drawer here somewhere emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/23/2011 2:18PM

    Chin up. All of my family members that have had the surgery (there are six of us) have come through just fine and have very few issues (I have none, except that there have been no more attacks!).

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HOKIEJEN13 3/23/2011 1:39PM

    You're tough! Hang in there! I know it's scary, but if anyone can handle it...well you can! You're AMAZING!

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GR8CGRM 3/23/2011 1:31PM

    You can do it sis.. I am proud of you for doing what you have since you aren't feeling well.. You so rock!!

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STIPER23 3/23/2011 12:07PM

    Ugh. I'm sorry about your gall bladder. I bet it feels good to plan ahead for lunch like that.

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2011 12:05PM

    Good job deciding ahead of time on lunch. I try my best to do that as well.
Hopefully you will get a surgery date quickly. It's best to just get it done and over with. Then you'll be feeling better and actually enjoy your workouts again.
I bet your daughter is going to have a blast in NYC.

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HEALTHY_45 3/23/2011 10:49AM

    Sure hope you are feeling better soon. It's really tough to keep at the work outs when you are feeling so poorly.
Lots of comforting {{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}} for you as you power thru!!
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JLITT62 3/23/2011 10:34AM

    Frankly, I can't even believe that you still ARE working out with all you're going thru. Kudos to you! Get that nasty thing out & get better!

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DGIBSON02 3/23/2011 10:33AM

    I've talked to a LOT of people that have more problems after the surgery. Just a thought to keep in mind. We did a lot of research when mine came up. Of course the dr is going to tell you to do it but my personal opinion is to talk to Dr. Ken and see what he tells you. AFter I struggled through the apple diet for 3 days and now do it for 2 days every couple of months along with my remedy juice that Neecee's friend told me about, i feel a ton better. I don't hurt if I have anything that is "bad" for me either as long as I do it in moderation.

Good luck either way

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I'm Still Here

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just wanted to left everyone know... I'm still here and hanging in there.
Seems I've had a few setbacks over the past two weeks, and it's not over yet. I had a cyst removed on my thigh, and bruised my tail bone - ouch.
I officially have gall stones, so I'm consulting with a surgeon today to weigh my options. I really don't want to have surgery, I don't want the down time, the pain and the expense, but I'm really kinda tired of feeling lousy, so hmmmm, hard decision. Do I just deal with the pain or have more pain from surgery. The weather is getting tooooo nice outside to be cooped up in the house and recovering from surgery.

My father is coming down from NY this weekend to run a 5K with my sis and I. I really don't know how well that is going to go, but I'm going to give it my best. I managed to get in a 3.5 mile run last night, first time in over two weeks I've done ANYTHING other than eat soup and sleep. I ran, but I felt like I was being dragged along so I cut it short, went home to relax. Taking two weeks off from running alone will set you back a little, but running with gall stones, an incision in my leg, and a still sore tailbone - WOW. I'm falling to pieces, but I am determined now to not let anything stop me, unless of course I have another gall bladder attack.

Got up early this morning and did one of the new 10-minute trainer workouts with Tony Horton - I just love Tony - did a 10 minute total body workout. AWESOME.

So I'm off to the surgeon appointment, will let everyone know the scoop later. Thanks for all the well wishes and checking up on me, it means a lot.

  
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BUCKINGS5 3/24/2011 10:24AM

  oh my goodnees! I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been well. I hope all went well at the appointment and good luck on your 5k!! You're an amazing women, you just keep on keepin' on! :) emoticon

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DDOORN 3/23/2011 2:55PM

    Great to hear from you! FWIW, I think when we're in good shape we can bounce back better from things like gall bladder surgery. I was positively AMAZED last year when I had mine out how trouble-free it was and how soon I was at least able to get out for walks.

Don

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BILL60 3/23/2011 12:56PM

    You hang in there and be real tough!!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/23/2011 10:17AM

    emoticon You are awesome!! Your amazing attitude is a real gift!

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KMKILROY 3/23/2011 10:13AM

    Hang in there gurl. You're a total inspiration to us all!

Sounds like perhaps you need to slow down a little and let your body heal itself? You'll actually be much STRONGER for it, if you allow yourself some planned recovery time between workouts. Might not hurt to switch your program to something lighter until after your surgery too - say, walking, pilates, golf? Just a suggestion.

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MZSLYDE01 3/23/2011 8:08AM

    Let me know how it went.
OUCH - Bruised tail bone??? Man - Your just beat up right now.
It's only going to get better from here on out - You have already gone through enough.
So you like the whole 10 minute trainer dvd with Tony. Let me know more about it.
Talk to you soon,.

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JLITT62 3/23/2011 5:39AM

    You have such a beautiful spirit. Whatever you decide I hope you will be back to normal sooner rather than later. I know I hate anything to do with doctors & hospitals, but sometimes that's just what you've gotta do. I'm praying for you!

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VBPARROTHEAD 3/22/2011 2:28PM

  I don't know who you are consulting with about the surgery but I am sure that you have searched out a good one. I will tell you that both myhusband and I felt soooooo much better after gal bladder surgery! Mine was taken out the "old" way, they weren't doing laproscopic surgery then but Ed's was the "new" way. he was back to work within a week and lifting things within 3 weeks. Good luck! Gall stones are miserable!

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HALFFAST 3/22/2011 1:16PM

    Oh wow! I'm definitely thinking about you! I went through gall bladder hell several years ago and ended up having to spend a week in the hospital (ended up having to have more than just my gall bladder removed), BUT... once I got home and recovered it was SOOOO much better! Whatever you decide, I wish you a speedy recovery!
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Oh, and thanks for the compliment :)

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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2011 12:37PM

    Good luck at the surgeon appointment. It may be best in the long run to go with the surgery but you'll have to decide what is best for you.
I hope you are able to do your 5K this weekend.
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HEALTHY_45 3/22/2011 11:21AM

    Be sure to make the best decision for you. Now that they do so many surgeries with laproscope the recovery time is much quicker and easier. You are in my thoughts daily, hope you are back to your healthy, spunky, happy self soon.

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ELAINEROSE5 3/22/2011 11:11AM

    I had the surgery too and it's very simple, usually. They make 3 small cuts and do the whole thing with a scope, so it is much, much easier to heal from than some other surgeries. I went home the same day. I was down about a week too and afterwards feeling great. Went on a cruise and parasailed! I don't have any problems as a result of the surgery. I only had one attack before I had it removed and I would rate it as worse pain than childbirth. Thought I was going to die! It was an easy decision for me. Hope it is for you too!
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DGIBSON02 3/22/2011 10:52AM

    Takes 2 weeks to build your wind up and only 2 days to lose it. Good luck this weekend. i'd love to go watch but we have the coaches basketball tourney this weekend.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 3/22/2011 10:44AM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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HOKIEJEN13 3/22/2011 10:21AM

    Chin up...you're in a rough spot right now, but this too shall pass...or maybe the stone will pass first? I'm thinking of you and hoping you'll receive good news today. Keep up the great, positive attitude and the hard work. You're truly something else (in the best way imaginable)!!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/22/2011 10:20AM

    I was just beginning to worry about you. It's going to be okay. You're going to get this all taken care of and be back and good as new! Just take the time off to heal. Keep us posted. emoticon emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/22/2011 10:19AM

    I recommend just getting the surgery. It was one week of down time for me (my mom and my grandmother and my sister have all had it). From what I was told, you can get medication to dissolve the stones, but they will most likely just come back. You're in great health right now which will make recovery much easier.

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Poof, Disappeared into Thin Air

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This short blog contains whining and disappointment, you can stop reading now, your were warned.


I was browsing my "friends" on Spark yesterday, was checking in with a few and I noticed two of my friends had "Poof" disappeared into thin air. Their page was no longer available, they just disappeared. It really saddens me, especially this one in particular. I have always checked in with her at least once a week when she was less active. I commented on her daily blogs and she had quite a following of other SP buddies and then "poof" GONE.

I know people sometimes get busy and SP is not a priority and life gets in the way, but to leave without saying goodbye is just plain upsetting. Soooo my point is..... if you are going to be MIA for a while, at least let people know. Common courtesy.

I have to add... I am sooooo worried about this person

  
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VBPARROTHEAD 3/22/2011 2:25PM

  I guess that we have all had this happen but that doesn't diminish your feelings of concern and even sadness. I am so sorry the people vanished from SP but also sorry that they didn't even say, "So long, thanks for the memories".

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/17/2011 5:31PM

    Whew, glad to hear it was someone else who was gone and not that you were thinking of disappearing...Im not sure what I would do without you!

On the issue of folks disappearing I understand what you mean and feel the same way. I am concerned about a few folks I had subscribed to who have not written in a while. I have even gone back to their blogs to nudge them a reminder but it doesnt always work.

Funny, we do get attached to these folks and have to admit I am as guilty as anyone about finding the time to post but hope we all can take a note from your example and keep plugging along. As I have said before...you are an inspiration to me. Keep up the great work!

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DDOORN 3/17/2011 4:15PM

    That's such a sad thing when our fellow members vanish like that...have had a few similar losses.

Not much that one can do, unfortunately!

Don

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/16/2011 10:58AM

    I have a handful of Spark Buddies that have gone missing. Unfortunately, some people do lose their spark. We hope they come back and many do. So hopefully, this friend will return at a later time when they've either regained their spark or life has become less hectic for them.

Of course, I had one Spark friend who decided to change their Spark identity. They closed up their page and started a new page. I don't know why they decided to do that, but I respected their wish to do it.



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NATPLUMMER 3/16/2011 10:51AM

    I've had that happen to me as well. It is very sad.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/16/2011 10:39AM

    I think a lot of it has to do with shame. Who wants to admit they are quitting? Of course I understand how you feel! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 3/16/2011 10:30AM

    For what its worth, in these situations, I tell myself that this is about them, not me, and I hope that they are well soon.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/16/2011 9:16AM

    True...sad. Don't you ever do that or I'll have to hunt you down! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 3/16/2011 9:13AM

    seems like social networks have people coming and going. No one picks up a phone anymore :(

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JLITT62 3/16/2011 9:00AM

    I never really understand why people would leave unless they're being stalked somehow - that actually does happen. It's not like it costs anything!

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777GRACE 3/16/2011 8:21AM

    I know how you feel, I was checking and commenting on this one lady for a while and then poof. I am not sure what happened too. Did they get so discouraged they couldn't take it anymore? Did they lose their house, job, internet? Did they lose a spouse or child and just gave up?
We may not know, but don't get discouraged to keep up the good work you do for others. (looking in mirrow as I type)
You are worth it and I am proud of you!!!!

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Great Weekend

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Had a great weekend, despite still feeling really bad. Went to doc yesterday, suspect gall bladder will get results tomorrow.
Had a great ride with hubby.

Trying to keep my mind off of feeling bad, I just plain ole don't feel good, stomach hurts, etc. Don't have a energy to do much, this has been going on for over a week. I really wanna feel better. I'm done being sick. Hope everyone is enjoying a healthy, happy week so far. Love to all.

  
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ERANGEL37 3/17/2011 5:34PM

    Get well soon! I was reading your profile and it is inspiring to see you lose all that weight!

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SWELL10 3/16/2011 8:22AM

    Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Hope the Dr. gets to the bottom of it quickly. emoticon

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SAMI199 3/15/2011 8:54PM

    I hope you feel better soon-You look great on the bike!!!

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PARKERB2 3/15/2011 4:13PM

    Hope you get well soon. You look awesome, both of you, on the bike. emoticon

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HEALTHY_45 3/15/2011 11:31AM

    Sending you {{{{{{{HEALING HUGS}}}}}}} Take Care and get well soon.

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NATPLUMMER 3/15/2011 10:24AM

    You are looking fabulous in you motorcycle gear!! I'm glad you had fun despite feeling crappy.
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SPARTANPHOTOG 3/15/2011 9:32AM

    Nice bik2! Hope you feel better soon!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/15/2011 9:26AM

    First, looks like you two have fun and that's cool! Second, I hope it's not your gall bladder, but if it is, I think it's a laproscopy kind of thing, right? I've had two or three family members have their gall bladder out and they said it wasn't too bad and they felt a heck of a lot better afterwards.

Prayers for you dear! You're so positive and that will help, too!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/15/2011 8:50AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend in spite of feeling bad! I had my gall bladder out a few years ago. Not a bad surgery and such a relief to not feel as bad as the gall stones made me feel! Hope you feel better soon!!


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HOKIEJEN13 3/15/2011 7:58AM

    emoticonFingers crossed that it isn't your gall bladder. But, if it is, please please please get well soon! Thinking of you!!! emoticon

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